“Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” was published in June 1997, launching its author, J.K. Rowling, to worldwide success. As with many British authors before her, Rowling’s name and the characters she created will live on for generations. But Rowling is only one of a host of internationally acclaimed modern British authors. The last 15 years or so have seen many writers from the UK skyrocket to fame, and the well of award winning, best-selling and respected British novelists is in no danger of running dry.
After finding huge success with her Harry Potter books, J.K. Rowling released a novel for adults, 'The Casual Vacancy,' in 2012. (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)Around the time Rowling was making a name for herself in children’s literature, authors Sophie Kinsella and Helen Fielding were becoming household names as well. The authors of the Shopaholic and the Bridget Jones series, respectively, they heralded the start of a boom in female-centric British writing. Both women have had their wildly popular “chick-lit” novels turned into major motion pictures, giving other chick-lit specialists like the Irish author Cecilia Ahern a leg up.Read More »from Today’s Top British Authors Are Popular Worldwide