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List of the most popular authors from Wales, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries authors have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of storytelling. Whether they're known for fiction, non-fiction, poetry or even technical writing, the famous Welsh authors on this list have kept that tradition alive by writing renowned works that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Welsh writers, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

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This list answers the questions, "Which famous authors are from Wales?" and "Who are the best Welsh authors?"

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Roald Dahl is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Roald Dahl Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, The Witches

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Bertrand Russell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Bertrand Russell The ABC of Relativity, A History of Western Philosophy, Why I Am Not a Christian

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Robert Owen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Robert Owen The life of Robert Owen, The evidences of Christianity, A statement regarding the New Lanark Establishment

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Terry Jones is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Terry Jones Starship Titanic, The Saga of Erik the Viking, Monty Python's Big Red Book

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Andrew Davies is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Andrew Davies Prin, Dirty faxes, The legend of King Arthur

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Richard Burton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Richard Burton A Christmas story

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Russell T Davies is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Russell T Davies Doctor Who: The Dalek Conquests, Damaged Goods, Doctor Who: The Shooting Scripts

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Charles Bronson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Wales

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Dylan Thomas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Dylan Thomas Dylan Thomas selected poems^! 1934-1952., The outing, A prospect of the sea

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Jimmy Sangster is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Jimmy Sangster Your friendly neighbourhood death pedlar, Touchfeather, Inside Hammer

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Ken Follett is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Ken Follett The Pillars of the Earth, Eye of the Needle, The Key to Rebecca

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Dawn French is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Dawn French Big knits, A feast of French and Saunders, Great big knits

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Eric Linklater is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Eric Linklater The Wind on the Moon, Private Angelo, The campaign in Italy

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Emlyn Williams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Emlyn Williams Headlong, The Corn Is Green, Night Must Fall

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Siân Phillips is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Siân Phillips Private Faces, Public Places, Farmyard Stories for Under Fives - C.C.-

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Kenneth Griffith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Kenneth Griffith Ireland's Unfinished Revolution, Thank God we kept the flag flying, Curious journey

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Denys Val Baker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Denys Val Baker The Face in the Mirror, The woman and the engine driver, The spirit of Cornwall

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Roger Rees is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Roger Rees Roger Rees-What You Will

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Martin Amis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Martin Amis Dead Babies, London Fields, The Information

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Harry Secombe is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Harry Secombe Twice Brightly, An Entertaining Life, Strawberries and Cheam

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Rachel Roberts is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Rachel Roberts No bells on Sunday, Song of the Unicorns, The Cry of the Wolf

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Alastair Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Alastair Reynolds Revelation Space, The Prefect, Redemption Ark

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Ivor Novello is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Ivor Novello The Dancing Years, Perchance to Dream, The Truth Game

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Clive Granger is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Clive Granger Essays in Econometrics, Forecasting economic time series, Predictability of stock market prices

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Elaine Morgan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Elaine Morgan Red Sea Pilot, The Scars of Evolution, Books and storytelling

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Dorothy Simpson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Dorothy Simpson Dead by morning, Puppet for a corpse, Close Her Eyes

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Jo Walton is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Jo Walton Half a Crown, Farthing, Ha'penny

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Jane Arden is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Authors from Wales

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Gwyn Thomas is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Gwyn Thomas All Things Betray Thee, Culhwch Ac Olwen, Y Mabinogi

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Henry Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Henry Vaughan The works of Henry Vaughan, The Complete Poems, The works of Henry Vaughan^! Silurist

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Howard Spring is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Howard Spring The Houses in Between, Fame Is the Spur, Winds of the Day

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Iain Sinclair is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Iain Sinclair London Orbital, Dining on Stones, Downriver

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Wynford Vaughan-Thomas is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Wynford Vaughan-Thomas Royal tour^! 1953-4, The splendour falls, Wynford Vaughan-Thomas's Wales

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Jon Ronson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Jon Ronson Them, The Psychopath Test, Clubbed Class

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Siân James is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Siân James Two loves, Outside paradise, A dangerous time

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R. S. Thomas is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
R. S. Thomas Selected prose, Later Poems^! 1972-82, Ysbrydoliaeth

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Molly Parkin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Molly Parkin Write up, Full up, A bite ofthe apple

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Thomas Pennant is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Thomas Pennant Some account of London^! Westminster^! and Southwark, London: being a complete guide to the British capital, History of quadrupeds

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Sean Mathias is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Sean Mathias Windows NT 4 Workstation unleashed, Manhattan Mourning, A prayer for wings

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Michael Heseltine is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Michael Heseltine The challenge of Europe, Life in the jungle, London's pruning

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Jennifer Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Jennifer Sullivan Dragons and Decisions, Dawnsia^! Dilwyn Lindysyn, Betsan the Brave

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Angharad Tomos is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Angharad Tomos Ubhlan Tofaidh Puth, Leabhar Peantaidh, Cosyn

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David Lloyd George is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
David Lloyd George The people's insurance, Addresses on German reparation, War memoirs of David Lloyd George

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Michael Moritz is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Michael Moritz The Little Kingdom

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Gerald Davies is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Gerald Davies Side-steps, Gerald Davies^! an autobiography, Affairs of Nature

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Sophie Stanton is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Authors from Wales

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Stuart Cable is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Stuart Cable Demons and Cocktails

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Torey Hayden is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Torey Hayden Eleven African American Doctor, L'enfant blessée, A MENINA QUE NUNCA CHORAVA

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Matt Rees is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Matt Rees The Bethlehem Murders, The Collaborator of Bethlehem

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Grace Coddington is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Grace Coddington Grace: A Memoir