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Authors: Literature & Fiction

Mitch Albom

Mitchell David Albom widely recognized for his inspirational stories and themes, was born on 23rd May 1958 in Passaic, New Jersey, USA. Albom achieved great fame in various dimensions, he is well known as bestselling author and journalist, appreciated as a screen writer, musician, dramatist and radio/TV broadcaster. He started his writing career as sports writer and won instant national fame.


Maggie Alderson

Maggie Alderson was born in London, brought up in Staffordshire and educated at the University of St Andrews. She has worked on nine magazines - editing four of them, including British ELLE - and two newspapers. For many years she covered the international fashion shows.

She has published six bestselling novels and four collections of her columns from Good...

Jeffrey Archer

Jeffrey Archer firmly established himself as a literary force with the publication of his first novel, Not A Penny More, Not A Penny Less, in 1975.  Now, 35 years later, Jeffrey continues to defy his critics and delight his fans. His most recent collection of short stories, And Thereby Hangs a Tale, is now available in paperback. He is currently working on a five-part series of...

Kate Atkinson

Kate Atkinson won the Whitbread (now Costa) Book of the Year prize with her first novel, Behind The Scenes At The Museum. Her four bestselling novels featuring former detective Jackson Brodie became the BBC television series Case Histories, starring Jason Isaacs. Her 2013 novel Life After Life won the South Bank Sky Arts Literature Prize, was shortlisted for the Women's Prize, voted Book ...

Jane Austen

Jane Austen was an English novelist whose books, set among the English middle and upper classes, are notable for their wit, social observation and insights into the lives of early 19th century women.

Jane Austen was born on 16 December 1775 in the village of Steventon in Hampshire. She was one of eight children of a clergyman and grew up in a close-knit family. She began to write as a...

David Baldacci

David Baldacci is a worldwide bestselling novelist. With his books published in over 45 different languages and in more than 80 countries, and with over 110 million copies in print, he is one of the world's favourite storytellers. David is also the co- founder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a non-profit organization, dedicated to eliminating illiteracy across America....

Maeve Binchy

Born in Dublin, Ireland on May 28, 1940, Maeve Binchy received a Bachelor of Arts degree from University College, Dublin in 1960. She then worked for a short time as a teacher and news reporter, before focusing on writing novels. She published her first novel, Light a Penny Candle, in Britain in the early 1980s. Her other literary works include 1985's Echoes, 1990's Circle...

Charlotte Brontë

Charlotte Bronte was born at Thornton, Yorkshire, in 1816. Her mother died in 1821, and Charlotte, her four sisters, Maria, Elizabeth, Emily and Anne, and her brother Branwell were left in the care of their aunt, Elizabeth Branwell. Left to pursue their education mainly at home, all the Bronte children became involved in a rich fantasy life and Charlotte and Branwell collaborated in the invention ...

Geraldine Brooks

Australian-born Geraldine Brooks is an author and journalist who grew up in the Western suburbs of Sydney, and attended Bethlehem College Ashfield and the University of Sydney. She worked as a reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald for three years as a feature writer with a special interest in environmental issues.

In 1982 she won the Greg Shackleton Australian News Correspondents scholarship...

Dan Brown

Dan Brown is the author of numerous #1 bestselling novels, including The Da Vinci Code, which has become one of the best selling novels of all time as well as the subject of intellectual debate among readers and scholars. Brown’s novels are published in 52 languages around the world with 200 million copies in print.

In 2005, Brown was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the...

Liz Byrski

Liz Byrski is the author of seven novels and a number of non-fiction books, the latest of which is Getting On: Some Thoughts on Women and Ageing.

She has worked as a freelance journalist, a broadcaster with ABC Radio and an advisor to a minister in the West Australian Government.

Liz has a PhD in writing from Curtin University where she teaches professional and creative writing.

Tom Clancy

Thirty years ago Tom Clancy was a Maryland insurance broker with a passion for naval history. Years before, he had been an English major at Baltimore's Loyola College and had always dreamed of writing a novel. His first effort, The Hunt for Red October, sold briskly as a result of rave reviews, then catapulted onto the New York Times bestseller list after President Reagan...

Jackie Collins

An English novelist, Jackie Collins is the best-selling author of more than two dozen novels which have sold over 200 million copies worldwide and translated into 40 languages. Best known for producing glamorous and raunchy stories, all of Collins’ novels so far have made it to The New York Times bestsellers list.

Jacqueline Jill Collins was born in London on October 4, 1937. She was the ...

Bryce Courtenay

I was born illegitimately in 1933 in South Africa and spent my early childhood years in a small town deep in the heart of the Lebombo Mountains. I wrote my first book, The Power of One, when I was 55.

I grew up among farm folk and the African people. At the age of five I was sent to a boarding school which might be better described as a combination orphanage and reform school, where I learned...

Clive Cussler

Clive Cussler, the Grand Master of Adventure, grew up in Alhambra, California.
He later attended Pasadena City College for two years, but then enlisted in the Air Force during the Korean War where he served as an aircraft mechanic and flight engineer in the Military Air Transport Service. Upon his discharge, he became a copywriter and later creative director for two leading ad agencies. At...

Joy Dettman

Joy Dettman was born in country Victoria and spent her early years in towns on either side of the Murray River. She is an award-winning writer of short stories, the complete collection of which, Diamonds in the Mud, was published in 2007, as well as the highly acclaimed...

Richard Flanagan

Richard Flanagan was born in 1961 in Tasmania.

He left school at 16, later winning a Rhodes scholarship to Oxford, where he took a Master of Letters degree. He later worked as a labourer and river guide.

He wrote four history books before turning to ficion writing, and has since written several novels, including: Death of a River Guide (1997), the tale of Aljaz Cosini, river guide, who ...

Ken Follett

Ken Follett was twenty-seven when he wrote Eye of the Needle, an award-winning thriller that became an international bestseller. He then surprised everyone with The Pillars of the Earth, about the building of a cathedral in the Middle Ages, which continues to captivate millions of readers all over the world and its long-awaited sequel, World Without End, was a number one bestseller ...

Zoë Foster

Zoë Foster (now Zoë Foster-Blake) was raised by three nuns and a congenial wolf in Nashville, Tennessee. On her third birthday she found her parents (they were next door all along! Imagine that!) and began what would become her life long passion – catching live rattlesnakes with her bare hands and helping her father, Jimmy ‘Mad Dog’ Foster make bespoke cowboy boots for Karl...

Anna Funder

Winner of the Miles Franklin Prize, the Barbara Jefferis Prize, the Indie Best Debut Fiction, The Indie Book of the Year 2012, the ABIA Best Literary Fiction, the ABIA Book of the Year 2012 and the Neilsen BookData 2012 Booksellers’ Choice Award.

When Hitler comes to power in 1933, a tight-knit group of friends and lovers become hunted outlaws overnight. United in their...