Writers and Poets
From children's story-tellers to thriller writers, poets and literary lions, Debrett's has picked a selection of representatives from the world of literature.
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The creator of the Harry Potter series, J K Rowling has sold over 400 million books worldwide. A multi-millionaire, she has also become a celebrated philanthropist.
Helen Fielding has enjoyed international success in print and on screen with her iconic and humourous characterisation of a young British woman called Bridget Jones...
With over ten million copies of her seven novels sold worldwide, Marian Keyes is the original queen of chick-lit.
Award winning children's author Dame Jacqueline Wilson has sold over 20 million books in the UK alone and best known for her leading character Tracey Beaker.
Nick Hornby is a journalist and internationally bestselling author of novels including Fever Pitch, High Fidelity and About a Boy, all of which have been turned into films.
Seen by many as Britain's favourite American, Bill Bryson has enjoyed long-lasting success with his humourous cultural observations and bestselling books.
A thriller-writer of international renown, Frederick Forsyth is best known for his international bestseller The Day of the Jackal. His books are famous for the accuracy of his research.
Louis de Bernieres won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for his best-selling fourth novel, Captain Corelli's Mandolin.
Ian McEwan is celebrated novelist and screenwriter. He won the Booker prize for his novel Amsterdam in 1998, and in 2007 the film Atonement, based on his novel and starring Keira Knightley, was an international success.
Broadcaster, journalist, parodist and novelist, Sebastian Faulks has gained an international reputation for Devil May Care, a James Bond novel that marked the 100th anniversary of Ian Fleming's birth.
The first woman to hold the post of Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy succeeded Andrew Motion in May 2009. She is an accessible and popular poet, and is also Professor of Contemporary Poetry at the Manchester Metropolitan University.
A renowed and prolific Irish poet, Seamus Heaney was awarded the Nobel prize for literature in 1999.