by hylkedejongh | created - 19 Jul 2018 | updated - 17 Jan 2020 | Public

1. Alan Hunter

Writer | Inspector George Gently

He worked as a poultry farmer and an antiquarian bookseller before becoming a novelist.

2. Colin Dexter

Writer | Endeavour

Colin Dexter was born on September 29, 1930 in Stamford, Lincolnshire, England as Norman Colin Dexter. He was a writer and actor, known for Endeavour (2012), Inspector Lewis (2006) and Inspector Morse (1987). He was married to Dorothy Cooper. He died on March 21, 2017 in Oxford, Oxfordshire, ...

3. Ann Cleeves

Writer | Vera

Ann Cleeves was born on October 24, 1954 in Hereford, England. She is a writer, known for Vera (2011), Shetland (2013) and Crime Connections (2012).

4. Peter Robinson

Writer | DCI Banks

Peter Robinson was born on March 17, 1950 in Castleford, West Yorkshire, England. He is known for his work on DCI Banks (2010), Fan Mail (2002) and Crime Connections (2012). He is married to Sheila Halladay.

5. Ian Rankin

Writer | Rebus

Ian Rankin was born on April 28, 1960 in Cardenden, Fife, Scotland as Ian James Rankin. He is a writer and actor, known for Rebus (2000), Reichenbach Falls (2007) and Doors Open (2012). He has been married to Anna Miranda Harvey since July 5, 1986. They have two children.

6. Anthony Horowitz

Writer | Foyle's War

Born in North London, he attended Orley Farm Prep School. Then, he attended Rugby School and he graduated from York University. He wrote his first book when he was only 23 years old. Not only is he a talented screenwriter, he has written over 20 books for children. He continues to write and a list ...

7. Henning Mankell

Writer | Young Wallander

Henning Mankell was born on February 3, 1948 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden. He was a writer and director, known for Young Wallander (2020), Et lite grøss? (1973) and Tatort (1970). He was married to Eva Bergman. He died on October 5, 2015 in Göteborg, Sweden.

8. Maj Sjöwall

Writer | Mördaren - en helt vanlig person

Maj Sjöwall was born on September 25, 1935 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden. She was a writer and actress, known for Mördaren - en helt vanlig person (1967), Man on the Roof (1976) and Mannen på balkongen (1993). She was married to Hans J Flodquist and Gunnar Isaksson. She died on ...

9. Per Wahlöö

Writer | Mördaren - en helt vanlig person

He had a thirteen-year relationship with his colleague Maj Sjöwall but never married her.

10. Helene Tursten

Writer | Irene Huss

Helene Tursten was born on February 17, 1954 in Annedal, Göteborg, Sweden. She is a writer, known for Irene Huss (2007) and AdamLive (2011).

12. Søren Sveistrup

Writer | Forbrydelsen

Søren Sveistrup is a writer and producer, known for Forbrydelsen (2007), The Snowman (2017) and The Day Will Come (2016).

13. Sally Wainwright

Writer | Happy Valley

Sally Wainwright was born in 1964 in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England as Sally Anne Wainwright. She is a writer and producer, known for Happy Valley (2014), Last Tango in Halifax (2012) and Gentleman Jack (2019).

14. Neil Cross

Writer | Luther

Neil Cross is a writer and producer, known for Luther (2010), The Mosquito Coast (2021) and Mama (2013).

15. Stieg Larsson

Writer | Flickan som lekte med elden

Stieg Larsson's three novels (collectively known as "The Millennium Series") were published posthumously, and each became a feature film. They were entitled (for the American market) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (originally published in 2005), The Girl Who Played with Fire (originally published ...

16. Dorte Warnøe Høgh

Writer | Grisen

Dorte Warnøe Høgh is known for her work on The Pig (2008), The Inheritance (2003) and Når støvet har lagt sig (2020).

17. Edward St. Aubyn

Writer | Patrick Melrose

Edward St. Aubyn is a writer and producer, known for Patrick Melrose (2018), Mother's Milk (2011) and Droit d'auteurs (1996). He was previously married to Nicola Shulman.

18. E.M. Forster

Writer | Howards End

E.M. Forster was born on January 1, 1879 in London, England as Edward Morgan Forster. He was a writer, known for Howards End (1992), A Room with a View (1985) and The Machine Stops (2009). He died on June 7, 1970 in Coventry, Warwickshire, England.

19. Jo Nesbø

Writer | Hodejegerne

Jo Nesbø is a world-renowned crime writer recognized for broadening the scope of modern crime and thriller fiction. His books have garnered countless international awards, sold over forty million copies, and been translated into fifty languages. In addition to the Harry Hole series he is the author...

20. Tim Parks

Writer | Stille

Tim Parks was born on December 19, 1954 in Manchester, England. He is a writer, known for Stille (2013), Assholes: A Theory (2019) and Le invasioni barbariche (2004).

21. Thomas Hardy

Writer | Far from the Madding Crowd

Thomas Hardy was born on June 2, 1840 in Upper Bockhampton, Dorset, England. He was a writer, known for Far from the Madding Crowd (2015), Maiden No More and Tess (1979). He was married to Florence Emily Dugdale and Emma Lavinia Gifford. He died on January 11, 1928 in Dorchester, Dorset.

23. P.F. Thomése

Writer | J. Kessels

P.F. Thomése was born on January 23, 1958 in Doetinchem, Gelderland, Netherlands as Pieter Frans Thomése. He is a writer, known for J. Kessels (2015), Here After (2007) and Pownews (2010).

24. Ian McEwan

Writer | Atonement

Ian McEwan was born on June 21, 1948 in Aldershot, Hampshire, England as Ian Russell McEwan. He is a writer and producer, known for Atonement (2007), The Good Son (1993) and Enduring Love (2004). He has been married to Annalena McAfee since 1997. He was previously married to Penny Allen.

25. Russell T. Davies

Writer | Doctor Who

Often described as a genius, Russell T. Davies is one of the leading British television writers of his generation, who specializes in emotional dramas, frequently with gay and sex-related adult themes. He was born in Swansea, Wales (UK) in 1963. After initially taking a BBC Television director's ...

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