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British Writers

lbt/cty_lover

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Do you know any British writers?

If so, what genre do they write?


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Colin Dann

He wrote the books for The Animals of Farthing Wood

and of course, well all know

J.K Rowling  :p


lbt/cty_lover

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I read a lot of Terry Pratchett. He is a fantasy/comedy writer.

He wrote the Discworld series. It is hilarious. It is also thirty-one books long.

I also red Douglas Adams. He is a sci-fi/comedy writer.

He wrote The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Series.


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I think Richard Adams wrote Watership down (lol, I like to read animal books  :P: BUNNIES!)


lbt/cty_lover

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I love British writers.

I want to be British. In fact, once I get my degrees and graduate college, I am moving to Britain, getting British citizenship, and revoking my American citizenship.


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I think I'd like the be in brittian sometime...I wanna see some adders  :lol ! And to experience Scotland...the country part...really pretty, cool, drink water thats BETTER than mineral water (thus is tastey). My parents went to Austria for my dad's 50'th birthday, and he said we should go to Scotland for my mom's. A family 50'th celebration. My bros and I had better help pay for that  :lol:


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Right off the top of my head, British wise I've read the JK Rowling, and JRR Tolkien.  Douglas Adams, I think he is British.  Not sure if Christopher Tolkien counts, since he was more of an editor of his father's papers and writing in the couple of books I read.


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Douglas Adams IS British. You don't have to think about that.


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I'm not sure about the nationality being a distinctive mark if it comes to the quality of anybodies writings. Many of those I know and read have already been named (Tolkien, Rowling, Dann, Adams). Another British writer of whom I read many works (not always voluntarily ;)) is William Shakespeare. One author whose work I really didn't enjoy but had to read for the university is Jane Austen. I read some books by Rosemary Sutcliff which I really enjoyed.


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I just like British authors. I am not saying that they are better than, lets say American, authors.


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J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, Peter S. Beagle, Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman, Melanie Rawn, C.S. Lewis, and Christopher Paolini. I'm familiar with their work.


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George Orwell is another British author I've read. Did anyone else here read 1984?


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Ahh, Big Brother. I love that book. And others he did as well.


My favourite British writers are, C.S Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, George Orwell, Rudyard Kipling, Richard Adams, and William Golding.


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Hold the phone! Since when was Christopher Paolini British?


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Quote from: Malte279,Jan 5 2008 on  12:28 PM
I'm not sure about the nationality being a distinctive mark if it comes to the quality of anybodies writings.
It's not, really, it's just a mark of style. Depending on one's upbringing, culture, and environment their writing is usually styled in a different way. Additionally, they tend to write about different ideals - there are much more American books about westward expansion and the wild frontier than British books, for example.

Aaaanyway, I'm part British =D I know a lot of Americans are, I mean my grandmother is actually from London. That doesn't mean anything, but it's true. I know quite a bit of British authors. I'll exclude the others mentioned, though:

There's, of course, Brian Jacques (the Redwall series), Mary Shelley, Virginia Woolf, Oscar Wilde, A. A. Milne, Phillip Pullman, Bram Stoker, Lewis Carroll, Runyard Kipling, R. L. Stevenson, and on and on. It's hard trying to remember them off the top of my head and reeeeeally hard not to cheat and look since I'm wikipedia-ing them to double check and make sure they're british.

On a semi-related note, T.S. Eliot is technically an American author but, like you, wanted to be British and became a citizen over there.


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Oscar Wilde. Didn't Monty Python do a sketch involving Oscar Wilde?


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According to Wikipedia, yeah, although I've never really watched Monty Python. Wilde is a very famous writer so I'm not surprised. Although I only really know him because my mother is a big fan. My brother is even named Dorian after "The Picture of Dorian Gray".