1 J. K. Rowling
Joanne Rowling, CH, OBE, FRSL, FRCPE, writing under the pen names J. K. Rowling and Robert Galbraith, is a British novelist, philanthropist, film and television producer and screenwriter best known for writing the Harry Potter fantasy series.
She is by far the best author ever, I don't think anyone could have come up with such a world with so much detail about it ( I'm talking about harry potter), and ever since I've read the harry potter books I can't find another book series that amuses me as much as harry potter did.I love J.K.Rowling and I wish to meet her someday
She is one of the greatest writers of our century. She has made me a naughty girl into a book lover. Also her book holds a very special place in the hearts of those who have read them.
2 Jane Austen
Jane Austen was an English novelist known principally for her five major novels which interpret, critique and comment upon the life of the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century.
3 J. R. R. Tolkien
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (3 January 1892 – 2 September 1973), known by his pen name J. R. R. Tolkien, was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor who is best known as the author of the classic high-fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion.
I thought I could vote for more than one. If t'is only one vote I dust have then Shakespeare is my lad.
This is the man who invented the fantasy genre! Without the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, we wouldn't have gotten a genre that has inspired many others to write such fantastic works, including JK Rowling.
Best of the best
4 Charles Dickens
Charles John Huffam Dickens (7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870) was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded by many as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. ...read more.
5 Agatha Christie
Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, Lady Mallowan, was an English crime novelist, short story writer and playwright. She is the best-selling novelist ever. She also made the longest play ever. She is remembered for making multiple mystery books including; And Then There Were None, Murder on the Orient ...read more.
Agatha Christie, in my eyes, is the Mother of Crime fiction. Her Poirot series especially is superb. Her books are only outsold by the bible. I love how her books are timeless, and there's often a romantic aura surrounding them which could really only come from that particular era.
Nice list. - Britgirl
6 Virginia Woolf
Adeline Virginia Woolf, born Stephen (25 January 1882 – 28 March 1941), known professionally as Virginia Woolf, was an English writer and one of the foremost modernists of the 20th century.
7 Sisters Bronte
8 William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist.
William Shakespeare is the crux and the pinnacle of modern English literature. He should rank 1st.
How, in the name of all that is holy, anyone so obtuse to not rank Shakespeare 1st?
If I read the list as Non English, I'm surprised to find Tolkien, Rowling and Christie in the top list. But Shakespeare ranked 9, Oscar Wilde ranked 11, G. Orwell 12. You have some sense of humor.
9 Arthur Conan Doyle
10 Robert Louis Stevenson
Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson (13 November 1850 – 3 December 1894) was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer. His most famous works are Treasure Island, Kidnapped, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and A Child's Garden of Verses. ...read more.
11 George Orwell
Eric Arthur Blair (25 June 1903 – 21 January 1950), who used the pen name George Orwell, was an English novelist, essayist, journalist and critic. His work is marked by lucid prose, awareness of social injustice, opposition to totalitarianism, and outspoken support of democratic socialism.
He foretold the future as few others in history were able...
Agreed. He did foretell the future.
12 E.M. Forster
Read his books and also his "Aspects of the Novel." n.g. young (San Marcos, CA)
13 George MacDonald
14 Oscar Wilde
Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) was an Irish playwright, novelist, essayist, and poet. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. He is remembered for his epigrams, his novel ...read more.
One of, if not the greatest wit in the more than the thousand year history of the English language.
15 Daphne du Maurier
16 Rudyard Kipling
Joseph Rudyard Kipling (December 30, 1865 – January 16, 1936) was an English journalist, short-story writer, poet, and novelist. He was born in India, which inspired much of his work. ...read more.
17 Thomas Hardy
Thomas Hardy, OM (2 June 1840 – 11 January 1928) was an English novelist and poet. A Victorian realist in the tradition of George Eliot, he was influenced both in his novels and in his poetry by Romanticism, especially William Wordsworth.
18 Roald Dahl
Roald Dahl (13 September 1916 – 23 November 1990) was a British novelist, short story writer, poet, screenwriter, and fighter pilot. His books have sold more than 250 million copies worldwide.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, Fantastic Mr. Fox; Roald Dahl is the man who made me fall in love with many amazing tales and gave off some of the greatest life lessons.
19 Mary Shelley
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, née Godwin (30 August 1797 – 1 February 1851) was an English novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer, best known for her Gothic novel Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus (1818). She also edited and promoted the works of her ...read more.
There will never be a greater sociological and philosophical novel about a created and a natural human monster than "Frankenstein." n.g. young (San Marcos, CA)
20 William Golding
He is a Nobel prize winning author whose writing is simply wonderful and whose capacity to describe evil is unparalleled. There can be very few people who haven't read of heard of Lord of the Flies yet this is perhaps his least complex novel. The sea trilogy is a masterpiece, Darkness Visible is astonishing. Yet his novels and short stories also embrace love and a gentle, very English humour.
21 Aldous Huxley
We forgot to put in this list the amazing Aldous Huxley!
22 Joseph Conrad
23 Muriel Spark
24 D. H. Lawrence
By now means the greatest writer, but the first non-Arab who really tried to stamp out colonialism in that wretched part of the world. Had Lawrence succeeded, most if not all of today's "troubles" would never have occurred.
25 George Eliot
26 Daniel Defoe
27 John Fowles
28 Tanith Lee
She is a very atmospheric horror/fantasy writer. Outstanding!
29 H. G. Wells
Herbert George Wells - known as H. G. Wells - was a prolific English writer in many genres, including the novel, history, politics, and social commentary, and textbooks and rules for war games.
30 Mark Billingham
31 Ian Fleming
32 William Makepeace Thackeray
33 Peter James
One of the very best authors in the crime/thriller genre of the modern age. His Roy Grace novels are outstanding and he comes from Brighton!
P.S if you like Peter James, I have a Top Ten Peter James Novels list that may interest you. - Britgirl
34 J. Meade Falkner
I have fond memories of 'The Lost Stradivarius'. A very atmospheric novel.
35 Bram Stoker
36 Enid Blyton
37 E. Nesbit
38 Lewis Carroll
Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known by his pen name Lewis Carroll, was an English writer, mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon, and photographer.
39 C.S. Lewis
Clive Staples Lewis (29 November 1898 – 22 November 1963) was a British novelist, poet, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian, broadcaster, lecturer, and Christian apologist. ...read more.
40 Martina Cole
41 Pat Barker
42 Charlotte Bronte
Charlotte Brontë (21 April 1816 – 31 March 1855) was an English novelist and poet, the eldest of the three Brontë sisters who survived into adulthood and whose novels have become classics of English literature. She first published her works (including her best known novel, Jane Eyre) under the pen ...read more.
43 Emily Brontë
44 Camilla Way
English Psychological thriller writer. - Britgirl
45 David Walliams
David Edward Williams, known as David Walliams, is an English comedian, actor, author, television personality and activist, known for his partnership with Matt Lucas on the BBC One sketch shows Little Britain, Rock Profile and Come Fly with Me.
46 Graham Greene
Henry Graham Greene OM CH (2 October 1904 – 3 April 1991), better known by his pen name Graham Greene, was an English novelist regarded by some as one of the great writers of the 20th century.
47 Geoffrey Chaucer
Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1343 – 25 October 1400), known as the Father of English literature, is widely considered the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages and was the first poet to be buried in Poets' Corner of Westminster Abbey.
48 William Wordsworth
William Wordsworth (7 April 1770 – 23 April 1850) was a major English Romantic poet who, with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped to launch the Romantic Age in English literature with their joint publication Lyrical Ballads (1798).
49 T. S. Eliot
Thomas Stearns Eliot, OM, (26 September 1888 – 4 January 1965) was an American-born British essayist, publisher, playwright, literary and social critic, and one of the 20th century's major poets.
50 Arthur C. Clarke
Sir Arthur Charles Clarke, FRAS was a British science fiction writer, science writer and futurist, inventor, undersea explorer, and television series host.