Doris Lessing

Doris Lessing

Doris Lessing (1919-2013), laureate of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature, among the most important post-World War II writers, was born in Persia (now Iran) to British parents and raised in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). In 1949, disappointed with her country’s regime and disillusioned with the communist movement of which she and her friends were […]

Graham Greene

Graham Greene

Graham Greene was born in Berkhamsted, England in 1904. His father was headmaster at the local school, but Greene often ran away and was eventually sent to London to live under the care of a psychoanalyst. He attended Oxford and converted to Catholicism in his twenties, becoming a devout believer. Upon completing his degree he moved […]

Brian Stableford

Brian Stableford

Brian Stableford is a British science fiction writer who has published more than 70 novels. Born in Yorkshire in 1948, Stableford graduated from the University of York with a degree in biology and later pursued doctoral studies in both biology and sociology. Winner of the 2011 Science Fiction & Fantasty Translation Award, he is among […]

Lesley Nneka Arimah

Lesley Nneka Arimah

Lesley Nneka Arimah is a British writer who grew up in Nigeria and wherever else her father was stationed for work. She has been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize, a National Magazine Award, and won the African Commonwealth Short Story Prize and an O. Henry Award. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Granta and has received support from […]

Kamila Shamsie

Kamila Shamsie

Kamila Shamsie is the author of five novels, including Burnt Shadows which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, and has been translated into over 20 languages. She has also written a work of non-fiction, Offence: The Muslim Case. A trustee of Free Word and English Pen, she grew up in Karachi and now lives in London. […]

Chris Cleave

Chris Cleave

Chris Cleave is a British author. He was born in London in 1973 and spent his early years in Cameroon. He studied experimental psychology at Balliol College, Oxford. His debut novel, Incendiary, won a 2006 Somerset Maugham Award, was shortlisted for the 2006 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and was made into a feature film. His second novel, Little Bee, […]

Paul McAuley

Paul Mcauley

Born in 1955, Paul McAuley is a British science fiction author and botanist. A biologist by training, McAuley’s work deals with such themes as biotechnology, alternative history/alternative reality, and space travel. A winner of numerous awards–such as the Philip K. Dick Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award–McAuley is among […]

Charlotte Brontë

Charlotte Brontë

Charlotte Brontë is a famous English writer, the author of the classic novel Jane Eyre. Born in April 21, 1816 in West Yorkshire, a historic county in the north of England, Charlotte was the third child in the family. Mrs. Brontë and the two eldest children (Maria and Elizabeth) died, leaving the father to care […]

Mary Webb

Mary Webb

Mary Webb was an English romantic novelist and poet of the early 20th century. Born in 1881, her work is set chiefly in the Shropshire countryside and among Shropshire characters and people whom she knew. Her novels have been succesfully dramatized, most notably the film Gone to Earth by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. They also inspired […]

Jane Austen

Jane Austen

Jane Austen was born on December 16, 1775 in Steventon, Hampshire (England) in the family of a rural parish priest. Jane began to write at the age of 14.   Her work is traditionally divided into two periods, separated by more than ten years. The early period (the second half of the 1790s), the novel […]