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1 John Lennon, (1940–1980), singer, songwriter and humorist 755028
2 William Shakespeare, (c. 1564–1616), poet and playwright 45781
3 Isaac Newton, (1642–1727), polymath, Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica 32546
4 John Locke, (1632–1704), philosopher, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding 22082
5 Charles Darwin, (1809–1882), naturalist, On the Origin of Species 21949
6 Winston Churchill, (1874–1965), British prime minister, author and Nobel prizewinner 21355
7 Ted Hughes, (1930–1998), Poet Laureate, translator and anthologist, Birthday Letters 16530
8 Stephen Fry, (born 1957), novelist and comedian 14038
9 Charles Dickens, (1812–1870), novelist, David Copperfield 13671
10 Hugh Laurie, (born 1959), actor, comedian and novelist 12421
11 J. K. Rowling, (born 1965), children's writer, Harry Potter books 12301
12 Roald Dahl, (1916–1990), children's writer 10184
13 Thomas Hobbes, (1588–1679), political philosopher, Leviathan 9797
14 Alfred Hitchcock, (1899–1980), screen writer and director 9744
15 Aleister Crowley, (1875–1947), writer, mystic and occultist 9726
16 William Blake, (1757–1827), poet and artist, Songs of Innocence and of Experience 9577
17 Rudyard Kipling, (1865–1936), author and poet, The Jungle Book 9480
18 J. R. R. Tolkien, (1892–1973), fantasy writer and scholar, The Lord of the Rings 9357
19 Jane Austen, (1775–1817), novelist, Pride and Prejudice 9234
20 Thomas Paine, (1737–1809), political writer and pamphleteer, Rights of Man 9007
21 George Orwell, (pen name of Eric Blair), (1903–1950), novelist and journalist, 1984 8746
22 Richard Dawkins, (born 1941), ethologist and science writer, The God Delusion 8735
23 Christopher Eric Hitchens, (born 1949), author and journalist 8303
24 C. S. Lewis, (1898–1963), novelist, children's writer and critic, The Chronicles of Narnia 8293
25 Bertrand Russell, (1872–1970), philosopher 7462
26 Thomas Robert Malthus, (1766–1834), political economist 7357
27 James Cook, (1728–1779), circumnavigator and travel writer 7174
28 H. G. Wells, (1866–1946), novelist and social critic, The War of the Worlds 7144
29 Lewis Carroll, (real name Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), (1832–1898), children's writer and mathematician, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland 7058
30 Francis Bacon, (1561–1626), essayist, New Atlantis 7056
31 Virginia Woolf, (1882–1941), author, biographer and diarist, To the Lighthouse 7026
32 T. S. Eliot, (1888–1965), poet, playwright and critic, Nobel prizewinner, The Waste Land 6667
33 Thomas More, (1478–1535), author and scholar 6477
34 Agatha Christie, (1891–1976), mystery writer 6475
35 John Maynard Keynes, (1883–1946), economist, General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money 6309
36 Geoffrey Chaucer, (c. 1343–1400), poet and courtier, The Canterbury Tales 6269
37 John Stuart Mill, (1806–1873), philosopher 5975
38 William Wordsworth, (1770–1850), poet, The Prelude 5880
39 Mary Shelley, (1797–1851), author, Frankenstein 5687
40 John Keats, (1795–1821), poet, Ode to a Nightingale 5680
41 Aldous Huxley, (1884–1963), novelist and essayist, Brave New World 5270
42 Walter Raleigh or Ralegh, (1552–1618), poet, mariner and courtier 5250
43 Arthur Conan Doyle, (1859–1930), novelist and author of Sherlock Holmes 5131
44 Charles Babbage, (1791–1871), polymath 4846
45 Alexander Pope, (1688–1744), poet 4642
46 John Milton, (1608–1674), poet and writer on philosophy and theology, Paradise Lost 4433
47 Jeremy Bentham, (1748–1832), philosopher 4368
48 Percy Bysshe Shelley, (1792–1822), poet 4362
49 Neil Gaiman, (born 1960), novelist, graphic novelist and screenwriter 4351
50 Alfred, Lord Tennyson, (1809–1892), Poet Laureate, The Charge of the Light Brigade 4178
51 Thomas Hardy, (1840–1928), novelist and poet, The Mayor of Casterbridge 4127
52 Terry Pratchett, (born 1948), novelist, Discworld series 4120
53 William Penn, (1644–1718), politician and political and religious writer 4012
54 David Attenborough, (born 1926), writer, naturalist and broadcaster 3973
55 Alan Moore, (born 1953), comic book/graphic novel writer 3956
56 T. E. Lawrence, (1888–1935), writer and soldier, Seven Pillars of Wisdom 3944
57 Arthur C. Clarke, (1917–2008), novelist, 2001: A Space Odyssey 3890
58 William Morris, (1834–1896), writer, artist and poet 3864
59 Douglas Adams, (1952–2001), novelist and scriptwriter, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 3778
60 David Icke, (born 1952), conspiracy theorist 3654
61 Samuel Johnson, (1709–1784), writer, poet and lexicographer, Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets 3549
62 John Donne, (1572–1631), poet and divine 3475
63 Joseph Conrad, (1857–1924), novelist, Lord Jim 3433
64 Mary Wollstonecraft, (1759–1797), polemicist, philosopher and novelist, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman 3419
65 D. H. Lawrence, (1885–1930), novelist, poet and playwright, Lady Chatterley's Lover 3283
66 John Wesley, (1703–1791), preacher, theologian and diarist 3155
67 Harold Pinter, (1930–2008), Nobel prize winner, playwright and screenwriter, The Caretaker 3147
68 Samuel Taylor Coleridge, (1772–1834), poet, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner 3088
69 Benjamin Disraeli, (1804–1881), novelist and statesman 2996
70 Christopher Marlowe, (1564–1593), playwright, The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus 2970
71 Graham Greene, (1904–1991), novelist and playwright, Our Man in Havana 2966
72 William Wilberforce, (1759–1833), religious writer, philanthropist and social reformer 2956
73 Wilfred Owen, (1893–1918), war poet 2918
74 Ian Fleming, (1908–1964), author, creator of James Bond 2912
75 George Eliot, (real name Mary Ann Evans, 1819–1880), novelist, Middlemarch 2811
76 W. H. Auden, (1907–1973), poet 2795
77 G. K. Chesterton, (1874–1936), novelist, poet and essayist, Father Brown stories 2759
78 Enid Blyton, (1897–1968), children's author, Noddy 2753
79 John Henry Newman, (1801–1890), cleric, religious writer and autobiographer, Apologia Pro Vita Sua 2738
80 Beatrix Potter, (1866–1943), children's writer and illustrator, The Tale of Peter Rabbit 2480
81 David Ricardo, (1772–1823), political economist 2471
82 Kazuo Ishiguro, (b. 1954), novelist 2462
83 Herbert Spencer, (1820–1903), philosopher 2461
84 John Ruskin, (1819–1900), essayist, poet and art critic 2412
85 William Golding, (1911–1993), novelist, poet and Nobel prizewinner, The Lord of the Flies 2400
86 Spike Milligan, (1918–2002), comedian and humorous writer 2338
87 P. G. Wodehouse, (1881–1975), novelist, playwright and lyricist, Jeeves 2308
88 Martin Amis, (born 1949), novelist 2275
89 Nick Hornby, (born 1957), novelist 2263
90 Philip Larkin, (1922–1985), poet and anthologist, The Whitsun Weddings 2163
91 Robert Shaw, (1927–1978), actor and novelist 2160
92 Saki (real name Hector Hugh Munro), (1870–1916), short story writer and satirist 2142
93 V. S. Naipaul, (born 1932), novelist and Nobel Prize winner, A House for Mr. Biswas 2115
94 Daniel Defoe, (c. 1659–1731), novelist and pamphleteer, Robinson Crusoe 2115
95 George Whitefield, (1714–1770), religious writer, diarist and preacher 2106
96 John Wycliffe, (mid-1320s–1384), theologian and translator 2089
97 Robert Browning, (1812–1889), poet 2048
98 William Harvey, (1578–1657), physician 1995
99 Jo Brand, (born 1957), writer and comedian 1983
100 Oliver Sacks, (born 1933), neurologist and writer, Awakenings 1973
101 Jeffrey Archer, (born 1940), novelist and politician 1897
102 Michael Morpurgo, (born 1943), children's writer, poet and playwright 1836
103 Ben Jonson, (1573–1637), poet and dramatist, Bartholomew Fair 1816
104 Robert Baden-Powell, (1857–1941), writer and army officer, Scouting for Boys 1809
105 Thomas Henry Huxley, (1825–1895), scientist and essayist, "Darwin's bulldog" 1804
106 Dante Gabriel Rossetti, (1828–1882), poet and Pre-Raphaelite painter 1781
107 Francis Galton, (1822–1911), polymath 1769
108 John Ford, (1586–1640), playwright, 'Tis Pity She's a Whore 1747
109 Alfred Russel Wallace, (1823–1913), naturalist and biologist 1701
110 William Tyndale, (1494–1536), scholar and Bible translator 1697
111 E. M. Forster, (1879–1970), author, A Passage to India 1669
112 Siegfried Sassoon, (1886–1967), poet and novelist, Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man 1662
113 Evelyn Waugh, (1903–1966), novelist, travel writer and diarist, Brideshead Revisited 1660
114 Raymond Chandler, (1888–1959), crime writer 1660
115 Alex Garland, (born 1970), novelist and screenwriter 1650
116 Elizabeth Barrett Browning, (1806–1861), poet 1648
117 Jacqueline Wilson, (born 1945), children's writer, The Story of Tracy Beaker 1616
118 A. A. Milne, (1882–1956), novelist, journalist and playwright, Winnie-the-Pooh 1605
119 Anthony Burgess, (real name John Burgess Wilson, 1917–1993), novelist, A Clockwork Orange 1578
120 Christopher Reid, (born 1949), poet and essayist 1576
121 Edward de Vere, earl of Oxford, (1550–1604), playwright, poet and courtier 1567
122 Joseph Priestley, (1733–1804), theologian, natural philosopher and political theorist 1542
123 Zadie Smith, (born 1975), novelist 1525
124 Humphry Davy, (1778–1829), writer, chemist and inventor 1517
125 Robert Graves, (1895–1985), poet, scholar and novelist, I, Claudius 1484
126 Edmund Spenser, (c. 1552–1599), poet, The Faerie Queene 1473
127 Richard Francis Burton, (1821–1890), writer, translator and explorer, The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night 1456
128 J. G. Ballard, (1930–2009), novelist 1453
129 David Irving, (born 1938), writer on history and Holocaust denier 1443
130 Ian McEwan, (born 1948), novelist 1442
131 Anthony Horowitz, (born 1956), novelist, children's writer and screenwriter 1433
132 Warren Ellis, (born 1968), graphic novelist and comic book writer 1403
133 Daphne du Maurier, (1907–1989), novelist, Rebecca 1381
134 Christopher Isherwood, (1904–1986), novelist, Goodbye to Berlin 1370
135 Philip Pullman, (born 1946), children's writer, His Dark Materials 1351
136 John Dee, (1527-1608/9), mathematician, occultist and political economist 1320
137 Samuel Pepys, (1633–1703), diarist 1311
138 Christina Rossetti, (1830–1894), poet, In the Bleak Midwinter 1307
139 John Dryden, (1631–1700), poet and playwright, Absalom and Achitophel 1302
140 John Burgoyne, (1722–1792), playwright and army officer 1301
141 Matthew Arnold, (1822–1888), poet, Dover Beach 1256
142 Charles Lyell, (1797–1875), geologist, Principles of Geology 1243
143 Thomas Malory, (c. 1430-c. 1471), author, Le Morte d'Arthur 1235
144 Aubrey Beardsley, (1872–1898), writer and illustrator 1221
145 Ben Elton, (born 1959), novelist, playwright and comedian 1181
146 Frederick Forsyth, (born 1938), novelist, The Day of the Jackal 1175
147 Bernard Cornwell, (born 1944), novelist 1174
148 Gerard Manley Hopkins, (1844–1889), poet, The Windhover: To Christ our Lord 1153
149 Andy McNab, (born 1959), novelist and ex-soldier 1148
150 Jim Corbett, (1875–1955), writer, hunter and conservationist, Man-Eaters of Kumaon 1131
151 John Newton, (1725–1807), hymn writer and pamphleteer, Amazing Grace 1130
152 Chris Ryan, (born 1961), novelist and ex-soldier 1125
153 David Mitchell), (born 1969), novelist 1118
154 Annie Besant, (1847–1933), writer and campaigner 1113
155 Iris Murdoch, (1919–1999], novelist, The Bell 1112
156 Mary Robinson, (1757–1800), poet and novelist 1073
157 Patrick O'Brian, (born Richard Patrick Russ, 1914–2000), novelist, the Aubrey–Maturin series 1067
158 Elizabeth Gaskell, (1810–1865), novelist, Cranford 1058
159 Edward Gibbon, (1737–1794), history, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire 1053
160 Charles Spurgeon, (1834–1892), religious writer and Baptist minister, the Wordless Book 1047
161 Elizabeth Hervey, (1759–1824), novelist 1043
162 Alan Bennett, (born 1934), playwright, The Madness of George III 1043
163 Katherine Mansfield, (1888–1923), story writer and poet, The Garden Party 1012
164 John Bunyan, (1628–1688), writer, The Pilgrim's Progress 1004
165 Michael Moorcock, (born 1939), novelist 988
166 Quentin Crisp, (born Denis Charles Pratt, 1908–1999), writer and raconteur 970
167 Benjamin Zephaniah, (born 1958), poet and dub poet 948
168 Alfred North Whitehead, (1861–1947), mathematician and philosopher 942
169 William Makepeace Thackeray, (1811–1863), novelist, Vanity Fair 939
170 Henry Fielding, (1707–1754), novelist and poet, Tom Jones 919
171 Anthony Trollope, (1815–1882), novelist, Chronicles of Barsetshire 915
172 Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, (1517–1547), poet 910

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