Authors

Name Author's Bio Essential Audiobooks

Alexandre Dumas

Alexandre Dumas (1802 – 1870), was a French writer. His works have been translated into nearly 100 languages, and he is one of the most widely read French authors. Many of his historical novels of high adventure were originally published as serials,… Read more »

Arthur Conan Doyle

Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle KStJ, DL (1859 –1930) was a British writer and physician, most noted for his fictional stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes, which are generally considered milestones in the field of crime fiction.

Bram Stoker

Abraham “Bram” Stoker (1847 – 1912) was an Irish author, best known today for his 1897 Gothic novel, Dracula. During his lifetime, he was better known as the personal assistant of actor Henry Irving and of the business manager of the Lyceum… Read more »

Frances Hodgson Burnett

Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849 –1924) was an English-American novelist and playwright. She is best known for the three children’s novels Little Lord Fauntleroy (published in 1885–1886), A Little Princess (1905), and The Secret Garden (1911). Frances Eliza Hodgson was born in England and in 1865 emigrated to… Read more »

H G Wells

Herbert George Wells (1866 –1946), known as H. G. Wells, was a prolific English writer in many genres, including the novel, history, politics, and social commentary, and textbooks and rules for war games. Wells is now best remembered for his… Read more »

Herman Melville

Herman Melville (1819 –1891) was an American novelist, short story writer, and poet of the American Renaissance period best known for his whaling novel Moby Dick (1851). His writing draws on his experience at sea as a common sailor, exploration of literature and… Read more »

Jack London

John Griffith “Jack” London (1876 –1916) was an American novelist, journalist, and social activist. A pioneer in the then-burgeoning world of commercial magazine fiction, he was one of the first fiction writers to obtain worldwide celebrity and a large fortune… Read more »

Jane Austen

Jane Austen (1775 –1817) was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the landed gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature. Her realism, biting irony and social commentary as… Read more »

Joseph Conrad

Joseph Conrad (1857 – 1924) was a Polish-British writer regarded as one of the greatest novelists to write in the English language. He joined the British merchant marine in 1878, and was granted British nationality in 1886. He wrote stories and novels, many with a nautical setting, that depict… Read more »

L. Frank Baum

Lyman Frank Baum (1856 – 1919), better known by his pen name L. Frank Baum, was an American author chiefly known for his children’s books, particularly The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

L. M. Montgomery

L. M. Montgomery (1874 –1942), was a Canadian author best known for a series of novels beginning in 1908 with Anne of Green Gables. The book was an immediate success. The central character, Anne, an orphaned girl, made Montgomery famous in her… Read more »

Lorna Oakes

Lorna Oakes was a lecturer in Egyptology at Birkbeck College.  As a Specialist Assistant in the Education Service of the British Museum, Lorna has also delivered numerous lectures on ancient Egypt and the Near East in the museum’s public gallery talks… Read more »

Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott (1832 –1888) was an American novelist and poet best known as the author of the novel Little Women (1868) and its sequels Good Wives, Little Men and Jo’s Boys. Alcott wrote the books rapidly over several months at the request of her publisher. The… Read more »

M R James

M R James, (Lost Hearts,  O Whistle and I’ll Come to You My Lad, and The Ash Tree) was a noted British mediaeval scholar & provost of King’s College, Cambridge (1905–18) & of Eton College (1918–36). He’s best remembered for his ghost… Read more »

Mark Twain

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835 –1910), better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American writer, entrepreneur, publisher and lecturer. Among his novels are The Adventures of Tom Sawyer(1876) and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), the latter often called “The Great… Read more »

Mary Shelley

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797 – 1851) was an English novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer, best known for her Gothic novel Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus (1818). She also edited and promoted the works of her husband, the Romantic… Read more »

R.B. Watkinson

R B Watkinson lives in the wilds of Devon on a smallholding surrounded by grown-up children, animals and gardens. She loves writing, gardening, writing, reading, more writing and, of course, more reading. Her favourite genre is fantasy, which she has devoured… Read more »

Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson (1850-1894) was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer. His most famous works are Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. A literary celebrity during his lifetime, Stevenson now ranks among the 26 most… Read more »

Sam Grenfall

Sam Grenfall lives in South London and has three children who are interested in the real world and physically doing things. Occasionally, they read. He wrote the Sebastian Cleary books for them because they weren’t that interested in magic.

Sarah Gray

Sarah Gray has been storytelling all her professional life. As a television editor turned writer/director she has worked on hundreds of programmes and written and directed her own short films. Her education is in literature and writing, for prose and… Read more »

Sylvia Vetta

Freelance writer, author and speaker, Sylvia Vetta took up writing and broadcasting on art and antiques in 1998, when she began writing features for the award winning magazine of The Oxford Times. She went on to write for four magazines on art,… Read more »

Various Authors

W W Jacobs

W W Jacobs (1863 –1943) was an English author of short stories and novels.  Although much of his work was humorous, he is most famous for his horror story The Monkey’s Paw.

William Wilkie Collins

William Wilkie Collins (1824-1889), was born in London’s Marylebone where he lived more or less continuously for 65 years. Today he is best known for The Moonstone (1868), often regarded as the first true detective novel, and The Woman in White (1860), the archetypal sensation… Read more »