Great authors have a way of drawing you in and leaving you spellbound. In this list of the best authors we have compiled ten different authors from across multiple genres to help you source out that next, spellbinding book.
No matter your taste in books, there is no denying that the authors in this list are truly special – they create magnificent stories in a way most of us can only dream of creating.
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Most recognized for his fantasy novels The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien, or John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, was an English scholar who wrote a number of stories. Beloved by fantasy readers everywhere, Tolkien stands out amongst the crowd of fantasy writers as truly special.
Churning out classics like A Tale of Two Cities and Oliver Twist, British novelist Charles Dickens is widely regarded as a novelist a cut above the rest. Written in the 19th century, Dickens’ novels stand the test of time and continue to enthrall readers today.
Contemporary Irish novelist Tana French is one of the premier crime novelists of the modern age. Her first novel, In the Woods, won Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, and Barry awards for best first novel and the Washington Post called French “one of the most talented crime writers alive.”
Famous for his satirical novels Animal Farm (1945) and 1984 (1949), George Orwell was a British author and critic who was known for addressing social issues. Even today, Orwell’s works continue to be popular, demonstrating Orwell’s skill as an author.
American author Stephen King is known for his horror, suspense, supernatural fiction, and fantasy books. A number of King’s books have been made into popular movies, including The Shining and Carrie. With a long list of books under his name, King is a contemporary author that knows what he is doing.
A Welsh novelist, author Ken Follett has written a number of best-selling thrillers and historical novels. Some of Follett’s more popular books include The Pillars of the Earth, Eye of the Needle, and Lie Down with Lions. If you love historical novels you should definitely check out Ken Follett.
Famous for his iconic character Jack Reacher, British novelist Lee Child is a crime fiction, mystery, and thriller writer. The Jack Reacher series has seen great success, with the first in the series, Killing Floor, receiving immediate acclaim. For a character-rich storyline, Lee Child is a great option.
No list of best authors is complete without William Shakespeare, who is widely considered to be the greatest dramatist of all time. From comedies to tragedies, Shakespeare covered it all, creating masterpieces like A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, and Macbeth. If you have not read Shakespeare’s works you are doing yourself a disservice.
A 19th-century English novelist, Thomas Hardy has written a number of classics. Some of Hardy’s more famous novels include Tess of the d’Urbervilles and Jude the Obscure. Hardy definitely knew how to create masterpieces, so don’t delay starting one of Hardy’s works.
The winner of a number of awards, Paulo Coelho is a Brazilian novelist. Born in 1947, Coelho is known for heartfelt books like The Alchemist and The Valkyries. For inspiring, thought-provoking books, Coelho should definitely be checked out.
Best Authors Conclusion
A great book can take you back in time, to another planet, or anywhere a great authors mind can lead you; and all without leaving the comfort of your chair. Not everyone is going to have the same reading tastes, but we believe that the all of the authors on this list at least deserve to be given a chance.
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