Best British Writers

The Top Ten

1 Virginia Woolf 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.
2 Jane Austen 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.k.Rowling

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 V 1 Comment
5 Sisters Bronte
6 Agatha Christie 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 Charles Dickens
8 Robert Louis Stevenson 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 George MacDonald
10 Oscar Wilde 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.

The Contenders

11 William Shakespeare 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. V 1 Comment
12 Mary Shelley 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)

13 George Orwell 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.

14 Daphne du Maurier
15 Aldous Huxley

We forgot to put in this list the amazing Aldous Huxley!

16 J. R. R. Tolkien 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 Rudyard Kipling
20 William Golding
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