British Famous Writers from Great Britain

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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.

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Margaret Mayo is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Writers from Great Britain
age 82 Margaret Mayo is a British writer of over 80 romance novels since 1976.

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Richard Ellmann is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Writers from Great Britain
Died at 69 (1918-1987) Richard David Ellmann was a prominent American literary critic and biographer of the Irish writers James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, and William Butler Yeats. He won the U.S. National Book Award for ...more

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Janey Scott is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Writers from Great Britain
age 91 Roberta Leigh was an assumed name for Rita Shulman Lewin was a British author, artist and television producer. She wrote romance fiction and children's stories under the pseudonyms Roberta ...more

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Bernice Rubens is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Writers from Great Britain
Died at 76 (1928-2004) Bernice Rubens was a Booker Prize-winning Welsh novelist.

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Cathy Williams is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Writers from Great Britain
Cathy Williams is a British writer of romance novels in Mills & Boon Williams was born on Trinidad in the West Indies. She lives in Chiswick, London, England, which her husband Richard and ...more

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Anita Brookner is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Writers from Great Britain
age 90 Anita Brookner CBE is a British, Booker award-winning novelist and art historian.

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Jane Feather is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Writers from Great Britain
age 73 Jane Feather is a popular British-American writer of historical romance novels. In 1984 she wrote five contemporary romances under the pseudonym Claudia Bishop. She now is a New York Times ...more

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George Mikes is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Writers from Great Britain
Died at 75 (1912-1987) George Mikes was a Hungarian-born British author best known for his humorous commentaries on various countries.

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Louis Golding is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Writers from Great Britain
Died at 63 (1895-1958) Louis Golding was a British writer, very famous in his time especially for his novels, though he is now largely neglected; he wrote also short stories, essays, fantasies, travel books and ...more

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Ian Buruma is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Writers from Great Britain
age 67 Ian Buruma is an Anglo-Dutch writer and academic who lives and works in the United States. Much of his work focuses on the culture of Asia, particularly that of China and 20th-century Japan. He ...more

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Anne Weale is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Writers from Great Britain
Died at 78 (1929-2007) Jay Blakeney was a British newspaper reporter, well known as romance writer under the pseudonyms Anne Weale and Andrea Blake. She wrote over 88 books for Mills & Boon from 1955 to 2002. She ...more

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Flora Kidd is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Writers from Great Britain
Died at 82 (1926-2008) Flora Kidd, née Cartwright was a British-Canadian popular writer of over 70 romance novels in Mills & Boon from 1966 to 2000.

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Alan Coren is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Writers from Great Britain
Died at 69 (1938-2007) Alan Coren was an English humourist, writer and satirist who was well known as a regular panellist on the BBC radio quiz The News Quiz and a team captain on BBC television's Call My Bluff. Coren ...more

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John Gabriel Stedman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Writers from Great Britain
Died at 53 (1744-1797) John Gabriel Stedman was a distinguished British–Dutch soldier and noted author. He was born in 1744 in Dendermonde, which then was in the Austrian Netherlands, to Robert Stedman, a Scot and an ...more

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Moris Farhi is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Writers from Great Britain
age 83 Moris Farhi MBE is a Turkish author who has been vice-president of International PEN since 2001.

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Siegfried Sassoon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Writers from Great Britain
Died at 81 (1886-1967) Siegfried Loraine Sassoon, CBE, MC was an English poet, writer, and soldier. Decorated for bravery on the Western Front, he became one of the leading poets of the First World War. His poetry ...more

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Jennifer Taylor is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Writers from Great Britain
age 69 Jennifer Taylor is a popular British writer of 50 medical romance novels published by Mills & Boon since 1988.

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Nicholas Kaldor is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Writers from Great Britain
Died at 78 (1908-1986) Nicholas Kaldor, Baron Kaldor was a Cambridge economist in the post-war period. He developed the "compensation" criteria called Kaldor–Hicks efficiency for welfare comparisons, derived ...more

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Liz Fielding is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Writers from Great Britain
Liz Fielding is an awarded British writer of over 60 romance novels published by Mills & Boon since 1992.

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Judith Kerr is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Writers from Great Britain
age 95 Anne Judith Kerr, OBE is a German-born British writer and illustrator. She has created both enduring picture books such as the Mog series and The Tiger Who Came to Tea and acclaimed novels for ...more

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Leo Marks is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Writers from Great Britain
Died at 81 (1920-2001) Leopold Samuel Marks, MBE, was an English cryptographer during the Second World War. He headed the codes office supporting resistance agents in occupied Europe for the secret Special Operations ...more

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Laurence Lerner is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Writers from Great Britain
age 93 Laurence Lerner is a South African born British literary critic and poet and novelist. He was born in Cape Town to parents of Lithuanian-Jewish ancestry, and educated at the University of Cape ...more

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Joseph Jacobs is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Writers from Great Britain
Died at 62 (1854-1916) Joseph Jacobs was an Australian folklorist, literary critic, historian and writer of English literature who became a notable collector and publisher of English Folklore. His work went on to ...more

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Nan Chauncy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Writers from Great Britain
Died at 70 (1900-1970) Nan Chauncy was a British-born Australian author of children's books.

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Diana Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Writers from Great Britain
Diana Hamilton was a popular British writer of 50 romance novels in Mills & Boon since 1986.