Top Ten English Authors

The Top Ten

1 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.

Yes! He definitely deserves the top spot.

TLOTR and The Hobbit are my favorite books.

He gets my vote. And many votes from my favorite singer Hansi Kürsch who wrote and sang dozens of songs about Tolkien characters, including a whole album based on The Silmarillion (Nightfall in Middle-Earth by Blind Guardian). - Metal_Treasure

2 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle was a British writer and physician, most noted for creating the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes and writing stories about him which are generally considered milestones in the field of crime fiction.
3 William Shakespeare William Shakespeare
4 J. K. Rowling
5 Charles Dickens 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.
6 Agatha Christie Agatha Christie Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, Lady Mallowan, was an English crime novelist, short story writer and playwright.
7 H.G. Wells 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.
8 Daniel Defoe
9 Roald Dahl 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.
10 C S Lewis

The Contenders

11 Terry Pratchett Terry Pratchett Sir Terence David John "Terry" Pratchett (1948-2015) was an English author of fantasy novels, especially comical works. He is best known for writing the comic fantasy book series Discworld.
12 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.
13 Philip Pullman
14 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.

Thought provoking author. He had the ability to criticize almost anything using classy real life examples in his books.

15 Hilary Mantel
16 Lewis Carrol
17 Ian McEwan
18 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.
19 Zadie Smith
20 Neil Gaiman Neil Gaiman Neil Richard MacKinnon Gaiman is an English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theatre, and films.
21 Ian Rankin
22 Martin Amis
23 George Eliot
24 E. M. Forster
25 Terry Pratchett
26 W. Somerset Maugham
27 Michael Morpurgo
28 William Golding
29 Julian Barnes
30 Charlotte Brontë
31 Emily Brontë
32 Thomas Hardy 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.
33 Enid Blyton
34 D. H. Lawrence
35 Lee Child
36 Jacqueline Wilson
37 David Mitchell David Mitchell
38 Mary Shelley Mary Shelley
39 William Boyd
40 Aldous Huxley
41 Evelyn Waugh
42 E. L. James
43 Doris Lessing
44 Anthony Horowitz
45 Graham Greene 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.
46 J. G. Ballard
47 Rudyard Kipling Rudyard Kipling
48 Brian Aldiss

A science fiction writer who echoes deep drama and deep philosophy in every page of his books. I was blown away within the first few minutes of reading Helliconia, and not once did I lose my excitement. - PositronWildhawk

49 Diana Wynne Jones
50 Brian Jacques
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