Do you have a favourite English author?

+12 votes

The English Authors subproject is under way and looking for profiles on which to place its category.  Do you have a favourite author who isn't already on the list?

To be included, your author needs to have been born in England (or born abroad to English parents and therefore is a British citizen, like Rudyard Kipling).  He/she can also be a poet, or a diarist, or a travel writer. ("A poet is an author, but is an author a poet? Discuss."  Sounds like an essay you would be set at school ha ha)

Please don't suggest somebody still living.  I really don't want the English Authors category page filled up with 

Doesn't matter if the PM is an individual, another Project, the England Project, or PPP.  I'll sort all that out as part of the subproject's inner workings.

So let me know! Genealogy at its most nostalgic...

WikiTree profile: Space:English_Authors
in The Tree House by Ros Haywood G2G Astronaut (1.5m points)
On "is an author a poet?" I don't think so but they can be. Poets rhyme, authors don't always.

25 Answers

+11 votes
by Christine Searle G2G6 Mach 3 (36.9k points)
Thanks, Christine! They're both included now.
Added links to Hemingford Grey website to Lucy M. Boston’s profile.
+8 votes
by Sheena Tait G2G6 Mach 8 (83.8k points)
Thanks, Sheena! They're both included now.
The chalet school books were my most favourite when I was a teenager!!

I used to dream of going to a school like that!!

Never happened of course.
Ooh me too!!  I sill re-read some of them occasionally :-)
+7 votes
My favourite is (Dame) Ivy Compton-Burnett.
by Deborah Pate G2G6 Mach 4 (44.9k points)
Thanks, Deborah! She's now on my "to-do" list
+8 votes
Winston Churchill wrote numerous books.
by Peggy McReynolds G2G6 Pilot (448k points)
Thanks, Peggy! I have found his profile on WikiTree and added the English Authors category to include him in the subproject.
+7 votes
C. S. Lewis, author of "The Chronicles of Narnia" novels.
by J-M Mustchin G2G6 (8.8k points)
Unfortunately, C S Lewis was born in Belfast.  You have no idea how much I wanted to include him! Thanks anyway, J-M.
You're welcome!  Anyway, Belfast, Ireland was part of the UK in 1898, when Lewis was born.  So like all Irishmen (and women) of the time, he was British.  And his father was Welsh.  Although I guess that doesn't count as English.
+6 votes
(Sir) Arthur Quiller-Couch, who wrote as "Q", deserves an entry I think:


And definitely the Trollopes:
by Deborah Pate G2G6 Mach 4 (44.9k points)
Thanks, Deborah!

Q is now on my list, and the Trollopes both had WT profiles already - but I'll be working on them, and they are now included in the subproject.
+6 votes
Also E F Benson and less importantly his siblings Robert and Margaret.
by Deborah Pate G2G6 Mach 4 (44.9k points)
Thanks, Deborah! He's now on my list!
+6 votes
And George and Weedon Grossmith:

and Jerome K. Jerome

I'm going to try to stop thinking about this now, it's too compulsive :)
by Deborah Pate G2G6 Mach 4 (44.9k points)
Thanks, Deborah! Both the Grossmiths were already on WT, and are now in the subproject, and Jerome is now on my list.  That's why I said "genealogy at its most nostalgic" - because once you've started, you begin remembering all the authors you read as a child, as well as the ones you are reading now! :)
+6 votes
Does E Nesbit have a profile? She wrote the Boxcar children I think and other titles that I should know but cant remember

Also Noel Streatfield?
She wrote the Ballet Shoes series and others as well. I think they are set in England.

OK IGNORE this post - they both already have profiles here and they are in the project. Sorry!!
by Robynne Lozier G2G Astronaut (1.0m points)
*taps wand* I solemnly swear I am ignoring this post
LOL Thanks Roz.
+7 votes
How about C S Forester who wrote the Horatio Hornblower novels?

He seems to have had english parents even though he was born in egypt.
by Robynne Lozier G2G Astronaut (1.0m points)
Yes - brilliant one! He is already here on WT, so I have included him in the subproject and will add his bibliography soon.
I read all the Hornblower books in middle school. Loved them!
+7 votes
by Caryl Ruckert G2G6 Pilot (194k points)
Sorry, Caryl, he was born in Wales to Norwegian parents.
+4 votes

I'll be greedy as I can't seperate May Gibbs (, Ellis Peters / Edith Pargeter (, Nevil Shute ( and Arthur Upfield (

by Kenneth Evans G2G6 Pilot (215k points)
+5 votes
Mary Renault!
by Jessica Key G2G6 Pilot (244k points)
I'll have to look into her.  I don't think she's on WikiTree yet.
+4 votes
I don't see C. S. Lewis listed.  I see someone else proposed him.
by Kathy Rabenstein G2G6 Pilot (292k points)
Probably because he was born in Ireland of Welsh ancestry. :)
Did you see J-M Mustchin's answer above?
He's still my favorite author even if he is Irish-born.
+3 votes
As a child my favourites were Alison Uttley who wrote the Little Gray Rabbit series and Jane Pilgrim who wrote the Blackberry Farm series. My Grandma used to give me these as gifts when I was very young. A bit later I loved the Dr. Doolittle books by Hugh Lofting.
by Christine Frost G2G6 Pilot (130k points)
edited by Christine Frost
Yes, I always loved Little Grey Rabbit as well:

Not familiar with Jane Pilgrim, so I'll take a look at her.

Don't think Hugh Lofting is yet on WT, so I'll take a look at him as well. Dr Doolittle! :)
+3 votes

Thomas Hardy, since C.S. Lewis isn't acceptable <pouting>.smiley

by Kathy Rabenstein G2G6 Pilot (292k points)
Here he is: I took him over from an unresponsive profile manager, and have yet to do things to his profile.  But he's definitely on the to-do list! :)
+3 votes
Dick Francis - former Steeplechase jockey and hobby pilot he writes mystery fiction with mostly horse and sometimes flying related themes.
by Navarro Mariott G2G6 Pilot (150k points)
A wonderful writer, but I will have to think about him - he was born in Wales, after all...
Oh! I had forgotten that!  Dang, just think of him as English and love his books
+3 votes
you can add  the following person to your category

She only wrote one book but she is one of my direct ancestors.

I am not sure when her book was written but as she died in 1794, it was certainly before then.

I am not sure if she should be added to the notable category as well.
by Living Anonymous G2G6 Mach 3 (33.5k points)
Thanks! I have added her to English Authors and put a Notables sticker on her profile.  (She has a Wikipedia page, so she is eligible.)  A lot of my ancestry comes from Devon, so I was delighted to find her.
+3 votes
Ros, I have a couple of names for you but they may need to be added to your increasing long "to do" list as I could not find profiles for them. They are:

Barry Hines - best know for "A Kestrel for a Knave" which was made into the film "Kes"


Laurie Lee - the author of "Cider with Rosie"
by Tim Perrins G2G5 (6.0k points)
Yes - to-do list it is! Thanks!
+3 votes
Piers Anthony Dillinghame Jacob (pen name: Piers Anthony), born in Oxford in 1934, didn't become an American citizen until after 1957. Does he count?
by Jer Wilcoxen G2G6 Mach 1 (19.7k points)
Well, he's still alive, and I am trying to avoid living authors, since they are Unlisted.
Oops, sorry.

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