1 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.
2 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.
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.
4 E.M. Forster
Read his books and also his "Aspects of the Novel." n.g. young (San Marcos, CA)
5 Sisters Bronte
6 Agatha Christie
Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, Lady Mallowan, DBE was an English crime novelist, short story writer and playwright.
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
7 Charles Dickens
8 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.
9 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.
How, in the name of all that is holy, anyone so obtuse to not rank Shakespeare 1st?
10 George MacDonald
? 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.
He is the best author.
11 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.
12 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.
13 Daphne du Maurier
14 Mary Shelley
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)
15 Aldous Huxley
We forgot to put in this list the amazing Aldous Huxley!
16 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.
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.
17 Muriel Spark
18 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.
19 Rudyard Kipling
20 William Golding