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List of famous writers from Great Britain, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Great Britain is home to many prolific writers, including those who write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biographies and more. These are some of the best British writers that have ever lived, so if you're a native of Great Britain and an aspiring writer then use this list as inspiration to achieve your own writing goals.

This list has everything from Rose Fyleman to David Bret.

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular British writers?" and "Which writers are from Great Britain?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of Great Britain in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in Great Britain, but they're all of Great Britain descent.

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Neil Gaiman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Great Britain
age 58
Neil Richard MacKinnon Gaiman is an English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theatre and films. His notable works include the comic book series The Sandman and ...more

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South Africa is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Great Britain
South Africa, officially the Republic of South Africa, is a country located in Southern Africa. It has 2,798 kilometres of coastline that stretches along the South Atlantic and Indian oceans. To ...more

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Harold Pinter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Great Britain
Died at 78 (1930-2008)
Harold Pinter, CH, CBE was a Nobel Prize-winning English playwright, screenwriter, director and actor. One of the most influential modern British dramatists, his writing career spanned more than ...more

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Stephen Fry is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Great Britain
age 61
Stephen John Fry is an English comedian, actor, writer, presenter, and activist. After a troubled childhood and adolescence, during which he was expelled from two schools and spent three months ...more

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Eleanor Hibbert is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Great Britain
Died at 87 (1906-1993)
Eleanor Hibbert was an English author who combined imagination with facts to bring history alive through novels of fiction and romance. She was a prolific writer who published several books a ...more

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Jackie Collins is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Great Britain
age 81
Jacqueline Jill "Jackie" Collins OBE is an English novelist. She has written 29 novels, all of which have appeared on The New York Times bestsellers list. In total, her books have sold ...more

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Jeanette Winterson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Great Britain
age 59
Jeanette Winterson, OBE is a British writer, broadcaster and activist.

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Alain de Botton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Great Britain
age 49
Alain de Botton, FRSL is a Swiss writer, philosopher, and television presenter who currently lives in the United Kingdom. His books and television programmes discuss various contemporary ...more

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Michael Rosen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Great Britain
age 72
Michael Wayne Rosen is an English children's novelist and poet, the author of 140 books. He was the fifth British Children's Laureate from June 2007 to June 2009. He has been a TV presenter, ...more

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Leonard Woolf is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Great Britain
Died at 89 (1880-1969)
Leonard Sidney Woolf was an English political theorist, author, publisher and civil servant, and husband of author Virginia Woolf.

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Muriel Gray is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Great Britain
age 60
Muriel Gray is a Scottish author, broadcaster and journalist. She first came to public notice as an interviewer on Channel 4’s alternative pop show The Tube, and then appeared as a regular ...more

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Howard Jacobson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Great Britain
age 76
Howard Jacobson is a Man Booker Prize-winning British author and journalist. He is best known for writing comic novels that often revolve around the dilemmas of British Jewish characters.

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Marghanita Laski is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Great Britain
Died at 73 (1915-1988)
Marghanita Laski was an English journalist, radio panellist and novelist: she also wrote literary biography, plays and short stories.

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Linda Grant is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Great Britain
age 67
Linda Grant is a British novelist and journalist.

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Muriel Spark is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Great Britain
Died at 88 (1918-2006)
Dame Muriel Spark, DBE, FRSE, FRSL was an award-winning Scottish novelist. In 2008 The Times newspaper named Spark in its list of "the 50 greatest British writers since 1945", at No.

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Ruth Prawer Jhabvala is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Great Britain
Died at 86 (1927-2013)
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, CBE was a German-born British and American Booker prize-winning novelist, short story writer and two-time Academy Award-winning screenwriter. She is perhaps best known for ...more

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Betty Neels is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Great Britain
Died at 92 (1909-2001)
Betty Neels was a prolific British writer of over 134 romance novels, beginning in 1969 and continuing until her death. Her work is known for being particularly chaste.

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Elias Canetti is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Great Britain
Died at 89 (1905-1994)
Elias Canetti was a German language author, born in Bulgaria, and later a British citizen. He was a modernist novelist, playwright, memoirist, and non-fiction writer. He won the Nobel Prize in ...more

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Frederic Raphael is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Great Britain
age 87
Frederic Michael Raphael is an American-born, British-educated, screenwriter, biographer, nonfiction writer, novelist and journalist.

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Will Self is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Great Britain
age 57
William Woodard "Will" Self is an English author, journalist, political commentator and television personality. Self is the author of ten novels, five collections of shorter fiction, ...more

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Arthur Koestler is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Great Britain
Died at 78 (1905-1983)
Arthur Koestler, CBE was a Hungarian-British author and journalist. Koestler was born in Budapest and, apart from his early school years, was educated in Austria. In 1931 Koestler joined the ...more

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Eleanor Farjeon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Great Britain
Died at 84 (1881-1965)
Eleanor Farjeon was an English author of children's stories and plays, poetry, biography, history and satire. Several of her works had illustrations by Edward Ardizzone. Some of her ...more

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Mary Balogh is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Great Britain
age 74
Mary Balogh is a Welsh-Canadian historical romance novelist.

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Ivor Cutler is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Great Britain
Died at 83 (1923-2006)
Ivor Cutler was a Scottish poet, songwriter and humorist. He became known for his regular performances on BBC radio, and in particular his numerous sessions recorded for John Peel's influential ...more

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Israel Zangwill is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from Great Britain
Died at 62 (1864-1926)
Israel Zangwill was a British humorist and writer.