A. L. Rowse Alfred Leslie Rowse, CH, FBA (4 December 1903 – 3 October 1997), known publicly as A. L. Rowse but to friends and family as Leslie, was a British historian from Cornwall.
Alan Bullock Alan Louis Charles Bullock, Baron Bullock (13 December 1914 – 2 February 2004) was a British historian, who wrote an influential biography of Adolf Hitler and many other works.
Alan Burgess Alan Burgess was an English author who wrote several biographical and non fiction books in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s.
Alexander Masters Alexander Masters is an author, screenwriter, and worker with the homeless.
Alexander Walker (critic) Alexander Walker (23 March 1930 - 15 July 2003) was a film critic, born in Portadown, Northern Ireland.
Alfred Thomas Story Alfred Thomas Story was an English journalist, poet and author of numerous books.
Andrew Mango Andrew James Alexander Mango (born 1926) is a British author who was born in Turkey as one of three sons of a prosperous Anglo-Russian family.
Andrew Morton (writer) Andrew David Morton (born 1953 in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire) is an English journalist and writer who has published biographies on royal figures such as Diana, Princess of Wales, and celebrity sub...
Andrew Thomson (Broughton) Andrew Thomson (1814 at Sanquhar - 1901) was a British biographer, well known for his books on the lives of pre-eminent ministers, and for his book on his travels in the Holy Land and noted for ...
Ann Thwaite Ann Thwaite is a British writer who is the author of five major biographies.
Anne Sebba Anne Sebba is a British biographer, writer, lecturer and journalist.
Anthony Fawcett Anthony Fawcett is a British writer, art critic, and a former personal assistant to John Lennon and Yoko Ono from 1968 till 1970.
Anthony Holden Anthony Holden (born 22 May 1947) is an English writer, broadcaster and critic, particularly known as a biographer of artists including Shakespeare, Tchaikovsky, Leigh Hunt, Lorenzo da Ponte and...
Anthony Howard (journalist) Anthony Michell Howard, CBE (12 February 1934 – 19 December 2010) was a British journalist, broadcaster and writer.
Anthony West (author) Anthony West (4 August 1914 – 27 December 1987) was a British author and literary critic.
Arthur Leycester Scott Coltman Sir Arthur Leycester Scott Coltman (May 24, 1938–2003), published as Leycester Coltman, was the British ambassador to Cuba from 3 March 1991 to 1994.
Avril Pyman Avril Pyman (aka Dr Avril Sokolov, FBA) (born 4 May 1930) is a British scholar and translator of Russian literature.
Barbara Taylor Barbara Taylor is a Canadian-born British-based historian and historical author specialising in Enlightenment history, gender studies, and the history of subjectivity.
Benjamin Disraeli Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield, KG, PC, FRS, (21 December 1804 – 19 April 1881) was a British Conservative politician, writer, aristocrat and dandy who twice served as Prime Mi...
Brian Brivati Brian Brivati is a professor of contemporary history at Kingston University and a writer.
Brian Finney Brian Finney is a British-American scholar of English literature.
Brian Hinton Brian Hinton, MBE (born 21 September 1950) is an English poet and musicologist.
Bruce Dessau Bruce Dessau is a British arts critic who writes for the London Evening Standard and other publications, as well as his own website BeyondTheJoke.co.uk.
Captain Charles Johnson Captain Charles Johnson is the British author of the 1724 book A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the most notorious Pyrates, whose identity remains a mystery.
Cecil Chisholm Thomas Cecil Chisholm (1888 - 24 November 1961) was a British journalist, publisher and author noted for his 1914 biography of Sir John French, and books on Repertory theatre, Economics, and Bus...
Cecil Woodham-Smith Cecil Blanche Woodham-Smith (née Fitzgerald) (29 April 1896 – 16 March 1977) was a British historian and biographer.
Charlotte Fell Smith Charlotte Fell Smith was a British historian, the author of the first biography of John Dee, in 1909, and contributor to the Dictionary of National Biography.
Cherry Drummond, 16th Baroness Strange Jean Cherry Drummond of Megginch, 16th Baroness Strange (17 December 1928 – Megginch Castle, 11 March 2005) was a cross bench hereditary peer in the House of Lords.
Chris Hutchins Chris Hutchins is a British best-selling author, journalist and former PR.
Chris Nickson Chris Nickson (born 1954) is a British novelist, music journalist, and biographer.
Clifford Thurlow Clifford Thurlow (born 1952, in London, England) trained as a journalist after failing to get a place at Cambridge and wrote his first book at the age of 23.
Conrad Black Conrad Moffat Black, Baron Black of Crossharbour, (born August 25, 1944) is a Canadian-born former newspaper publisher, a historian, an author, a columnist a non-affiliated life peer, and a con...
D. B. Wyndham Lewis Dominic Bevan Wyndham-Lewis FRSL (9 March 1891 – 21 November 1969) was a British writer best known for his humorous contributions to newspapers and for biographies.
D. B. Wyndham-Lewis Dominic Bevan Wyndham-Lewis FRSL (9 March 1891 – 21 November 1969) was a British writer best known for his humorous contributions to newspapers and for biographies.
D. J. Taylor David John Taylor (born 1960) is a British critic, novelist and biographer.
D. R. Thorpe D. R. Thorpe is an historian and biographer who has written biographies of three British Prime Ministers of the mid 20th century, Sir Anthony Eden, Sir Alec Douglas-Home and Harold Macmillan.
Dave Thompson (author) Dave Thompson (born 4 January 1960) is an English writer who is the author of more than 100 books, largely dealing with rock and pop music, but also covering film, sports, philately, numismatics...
David Bellos David Bellos is an English-born translator and biographer.
David Godman David Godman (born 1953) is widely acknowledged to be one of the leading authorities on the life, teachings and disciples of Ramana Maharshi, the renowned Indian sage who lived and taught for mo...
David Magarshack David Magarshack (23 December 1899 – 1977) was a British translator and biographer of Russian authors, best known for his translations of Dostoevsky.
David Morley (writer) David Morley is a British writer and radio producer who wrote a biography of UK politician George Galloway, Gorgeous George: The Life and Adventures of George Galloway.
David Shipman (writer) David Herbert Shipman (4 November 1932 – 22 April 1996) was a British film critic and writer, best known for his trilogy of books on film stars.
Derek Stanford Derek Stanford FRSL was a British writer, known as a biographer, essayist and poet.
Desmond Seward Desmond Seward (born 22 May 1935, Paris) is a British popular historian and the author of many books, including biographies of Henry IV of France, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Marie Antoinette, Empress...
Dictionary of National Biography The Dictionary of National Biography (DNB) is a standard work of reference on notable figures from British history, published from 1885.
Dictionary of Welsh Biography The Dictionary of Welsh Biography (DWB) (also The Dictionary of Welsh Biography Down to 1940 and The Dictionary of Welsh Biography, 1941 to 1970) is a dictionary of biogr...
Donald Adamson Donald Adamson (born 30 March 1939) is a biographer, historian and literary critic.
Douglas Gresham Douglas Howard Gresham (born November 10, 1945) is an American British actor, biographer, and film producer, resident of Malta, and one of the two stepsons of C. S. Lewis.
Edward H. Milligan Edward Hyslop Milligan, also known as Ted Milligan, is a Quaker historian and the former librarian at Friends House, London.
Edward John Trelawny Edward John Trelawny (13 November 1792 – 13 August 1881) was a biographer, novelist and adventurer who is best known for his friendship with the Romantic poets Percy Bysshe Shelley and Lord Byron.
Elizabeth Mavor Elizabeth Mavor (17 December 1927 – 22 May 2013) was a British writer.
Emily Anderson Emily Anderson, OBE (March 1891 – October 1962) was a British Foreign Office official and scholar of German.
Eric Blom Eric Walter Blom CBE (20 August 188811 April 1959) was a Swiss-born British-naturalised music lexicographer, musicologist, music critic, music biographer and translator.
Ernest Jones Alfred Ernest Jones (1 January 1879 – 11 February 1958) was a British neurologist and psychoanalyst, and Sigmund Freud’s official biographer.
F. David Peat F. David Peat (born 18 April 1938, Waterloo, England) is a holistic physicist and author who has carried out research in solid state physics and the foundation of quantum theory.
Ferdinand Brock Tupper Ferdinand Brock Tupper (1795 – 1874), was one of the leading historians of the Channel Islands.
Francis Beckett Francis Beckett (born 12 May 1945) is an English author, journalist, biographer, and contemporary historian.
Gavan Naden Gavan Naden is an award winning journalist and co-author of Frances: The Remarkable Story Of Princess Diana's Mother, and The Lilac Days.
George Sayer George Sydney Benedict Sayer (1 June 1914 – 20 October 2005) was a teacher at Malvern College and is probably best known for his biography of the author C. S. Lewis.
Georgina Battiscombe Georgina Battiscombe (21 November 1905 – 26 February 2006) was a British biographer, specialising mainly in lives from the Victorian era.
Gertrude M. Godden Gertrude M. Godden O.B.E. was an author of works on anthropology and folklore.
Gitta Sereny Gitta Sereny, CBE (13 March 192114 June 2012) was an Austrian-born biographer, historian, and investigative journalist who came to be known for her interviews and profiles of controversial figur...
Graham Robb Graham Macdonald Robb FRSL (born 2 June 1958) is a British writer and historian.
Gregory B. Lee Gregory B. Lee (born 1955) is an academic, author, and broadcaster.
H. Montgomery Hyde Harford Montgomery Hyde (14 August 1907 – 10 August 1989), born in Belfast, was a barrister, politician (Ulster Unionist MP for Belfast North), author and biographer, who lost his seat in ...
Henry Festing Jones Henry Festing Jones (1851–1928) was the friend and posthumous biographer of Samuel Butler.
Henry Scott Stokes Henry Scott Stokes is a British journalist who has been the Tokyo bureau chief for The Financial Times, The Times and The New York Times.
Hermione Lee Dame Hermione Lee, DBE, FBA, FRSL (born 29 February 1948 in Winchester) is President of Wolfson College, Oxford, and was lately Goldsmiths' Professor of English Literature in the University of O...
Hilary Spurling Hilary Spurling, CBE, FRSL (born 25 December 1940) is a British writer, known for her work as a journalist and biographer.
Howard Colvin Sir Howard Montagu Colvin CVO CBE (15 October 1919 – 27 December 2007) was a British architectural historian who produced two of the most outstanding works of scholarship in his field: A Biogr...
Hunter Davies Edward Hunter Davies (born 7 January 1936) is a British author, journalist and broadcaster.
Iris Origo Iris Margaret Origo, Marchesa of Val d'Orcia, DBE (15 August 1902 — 28 June 1988), née Cutting, was an Anglo-Irish biographer and writer.
Isa Bowman Isa Bowman (1874–1958) was an actress, a close friend of Lewis Carroll and author of a memoir about his life, The Story of Lewis Carroll, Told for Young People by the Real Alice in Wonderland.
James John McLeod Innes Lieutenant General James John McLeod Innes VC CB was a Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded...
Jane Glover Jane Glover CBE (born 13 May 1949) is a British-born conductor and music scholar.
Jasper Ridley Jasper Godwin Ridley (25 May 1920 – 1 July 2004) was a British writer, known for historical biographies.
Jean Moorcroft Wilson Dr Jean Moorcroft Wilson is a British academic and writer, best known as a biographer and critic of First World War poets and poetry.
Jean Overton Fuller Jean Overton Fuller (7 March 1915 – 8 April 2009) was a British author best known for her book Madeleine, the story of Noor Inayat Khan, an Allied SOE agent during the Second World War.
Jehanne Wake Jehanne Wake is a British biographer, historian and archivist.
Jeremy Treglown Jeremy Treglown (born 24 May 1946) is a British author and literary critic who has written biographies of V.S. Pritchett, Henry Green and Roald Dahl and who co-edited the online biographical ind...
Joan Givner Joan Givner (born Joan Mary Short; 5 September 1936 in Manchester, England) is an essayist, biographer, and novelist, known for her biographies of women, short stories, an...
John Ayrton Paris John Ayrton Paris, FRS (1785 – 24 December 1856) was a British physician.
John Biddulph Colonel John Biddulph (25 July 1840 – 24 December 1921) was a British soldier, author and naturalist who served in the government of British India.
John Lewis-Stempel John Lewis-Stempel is a historian and author, who was born in Herefordshire, England, where his family have lived for over seven hundred years.
Jon Halliday Jon Halliday is an Irish historian specialising in modern Asia and was a former Senior Visiting Research Fellow at King's College London.
Jonathan Carr Jonathan Carr was a British journalist and author, who lived and worked primarily in Germany.
Jonathan Croall Jonathan Croall was born on 19 August 1941 in Amersham, Buckinghamshire.
Julia Kavanagh Julia Kavanagh (7 January 1824 – 28 October 1877) was an Irish novelist, born at Thurles in Tipperary, Ireland.
Julia Namier Lady Julia Namier (also known as Iulia de Beausobre, née Iulia Michaelovna Kazarina) (1893-1977) was a Russian writer, who married the British historian Lewis Namier.
Jung Chang Jung Chang (born March 25, 1952) is a Chinese-born British writer now living in London, best known for her family autobiography Wild Swans, selling over 10 million copies worldwide but banne...
Karl Miller Karl Fergus Connor Miller FRSL (born 1931) is a British literary editor, critic and writer.
Kathleen Tynan Kathleen Jeannette Halton Tynan was a Canadian-British journalist, author and screenwriter.
Kenneth Rose Kenneth Vivian Rose (born 1924) is a royal biographer in the United Kingdom.
Kenneth Vivian Rose Kenneth Vivian Rose (15 November 1924 - 28 January 2014) was a royal biographer in the United Kingdom.
Laura Beatty Laura Beatty is a writer awarded the Authors' Club First Novel Award for her 2008 novel Pollard, also shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize.
Leonard Mosley Leonard Mosley (11 February 1913 – June 1992) was a British journalist, historian, biographer and novelist.
Lord David Cecil Lord Edward Christian David Gascoyne-Cecil, CH (9 April 1902 – 1 January 1986), was a British biographer, historian and academic.
Lyndall Gordon Lyndall Gordon is a British-based writer and academic, known for her literary biographies.
Martin Meredith Martin Meredith is a historian, journalist, and biographer who has written several books on Africa and its modern history.
Maxine Riddington Maxine Riddington, commonly known as "Max Riddington", is a journalist and co-author of The Lilac Days and Frances: The Remarkable Story Of Princess Diana's Mother.
Mervyn Jones (writer) Mervyn Jones (27 February 1922 – 23 February 2010) was a British biographer and novelist, the son of psychoanalyst Ernest Jones.
Michael de la Bédoyère Count Michael Anthony Maurice de la Bédoyère (1900 – 1973) was an author, editor and journalist.
Midge Gillies Midge Gillies is a British journalist and biographer.
Mike Tomkies Mike Tomkies The Wilderness Man (born May 25, 1928) MIKE TOMKIES, is a British author covering subjects such as natural history, biography and fiction, a naturalist and filmmaker who has in...
Molly Lefebure Molly Lefebure FRSL (6 October 1919 - 27 February 2013) was a British writer with an interest in the English Lake District and the Lake Poets.
Monica Furlong Monica Furlong (17 January 1930 – 14 January 2003) was a British author, journalist, and activist.
Nicholas Wapshott Nicholas Wapshott (born 13 January 1952) is a British journalist and writer.
Nigel Hamilton (author) Nigel Hamilton (born 16 February 1944) is an award-winning British-born biographer, academic and broadcaster, whose works have been translated into sixteen languages.
Oriel Malet Lady Auriel Rosemary Malet Vaughan (born 1923) is an author of literary fiction and biographies who wrote under the name of Oriel Malet.
Paul Preston Paul Preston CBE (born 1946 in Liverpool) is a British historian and Hispanist, biographer of Franco, specialist in Spanish history, in particular the Spanish Civil War, which he has studied for...
Paula Byrne Paula Byrne, born in 1967, is a British author and biographer who wrote Perdita: The Life of Mary Robinson and Mad World: Evelyn Waugh and the Secrets of Brideshead.
Penelope Mortimer Penelope Ruth Mortimer (née Penelope Fletcher, 19 September 1918 – 19 October 1999), was a British journalist, biographer and novelist.
Penelope Rowlands Penelope Rowlands is an Anglo-American author and journalist who first received attention for her 2005 biography, A Dash of Daring: Carmel Snow and Her Life in Fashion, Art, and Letters, abo...
Peter Levi Peter Chad Tigar Levi FSA, FRSL, (16 May 1931, Ruislip – 1 February 2000, Frampton-on-Severn), was a poet, archaeologist, Jesuit priest, travel writer, biographer, academic and prolific re...
Philip Ziegler Philip Sandeman Ziegler (born 24 December 1929) is a British biographer and historian.
Pierre Stephen Robert Payne Pierre Stephen Robert Payne, was a novelist, historian, poet, biographer, professor of English poetry in naval architecture and head of English department, Alabama College, Montevallo.
Ralph Hewins Ralph Hewins (1909 – 1985) was a British biographer.
Ray Coleman Ray Coleman (15 June 1937 – 10 September 1996) was a British author and former editor-in-chief of Melody Maker known for his biographies of The Beatles.
Ray Connolly Ray Connolly is an English novelist, screenwriter and journalist.
Raymond Postgate Raymond William Postgate (6 November 1896 – 29 March 1971) was an English socialist, journalist and editor, social historian, mystery novelist and gourmet.
Richard Davenport-Hines Richard Davenport-Hines (born 21 June 1953 in London, U.K.) is a British historian and literary biographer, best known for his biography of the poet W. H. Auden.
Richard Ellmann Richard David Ellmann (March 15, 1918 – May 13, 1987) was a prominent American literary critic and biographer of the Irish writers James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, and William Butler Yeats.
Richard Evans (British diplomat) Sir Richard Mark Evans, KCMG, KCVO (Chinese: 伊文思爵士, 15 April 1928 – 24 August 2012) was a British diplomat who was the ambassador to the People's Republic of China from January 1984 to May 1988,...
Robert Bisset Robert Bisset was a Scottish writer, best known as the biographer of Edmund Burke and of Joseph Addison, Richard Steele and other contributors to The Spectator.
Robert Jobson Robert Jobson is an award-winning royal correspondent, TV commentator and author, dubbed the "godfather of royal reporting".
Robert Lomas Robert Lomas is a British writer and business studies academic.
Robert Payne (author) Pierre Stephen Robert Payne (4 December 1911 – 3 March 1983) was a professor of English literature, lecturer in naval architecture, novelist, historian, poet and biographer.
Robert Rhodes James Sir Robert Vidal Rhodes James (10 April 1933 – 20 May 1999) was a British historian and Conservative Member of Parliament.
Robert Skidelsky (economist) Robert Jacob Alexander, Baron Skidelsky FBA is a British economic historian of Russian origin and the author of an award-winning major three volume biography of John Maynard Keynes.
Robert Skidelsky, Baron Skidelsky Robert Jacob Alexander, Baron Skidelsky, FBA (born 25 April 1939), is a British economic historian of Russian origin and the author of a major, award-winning, three-volume biography of British e...
William Dougal Christie William Dougal Christie (1816–1874) was a British diplomat, politician, and man of letters.
William Flavelle Monypenny William Flavelle Monypenny was a British journalist and editor who was the biographer of Benjamin Disraeli.
William Scott Chalmers William Scott Chalmers CBE DSC (1 May 1888 - 11 June 1971) was a Rear Admiral of the Royal Navy who served in World War I and World War II.
William Shawcross William Hartley Hume Shawcross, (born 28 May 1946, Sussex) is the Chairman of the Charity Commission for England and Wales, and a British writer and commentator.
Winifred Peck Winifred Peck (née Knox) (1882 – 20 November 1962) (Lady Peck) was an author of literary fiction and biographies.
Ælnoth of Canterbury Ælnoth or Ailnoth was an Anglo-Saxon Benedictine monk from Canterbury who settled in Denmark, and is known as author of a legend of the Danish king Saint Canute, who had been killed in Ode...