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View Poll Results: Who's the best British novellist ever?
Jane Austen 0 0%
Anthony Burgess 0 0%
John Banville 0 0%
Charles Dickens 6 33.33%
Samuel Beckett 0 0%
James Joyce 3 16.67%
Virginia Woolf 0 0%
Sir Walter Scott 0 0%
Aldous Huxley 1 5.56%
Graham Swift 0 0%
Jonathan Swift 0 0%
Doris Lessing 0 0%
George Eliot 0 0%
George Orwell 6 33.33%
William Golding 1 5.56%
John Galsworthy 0 0%
John Fowles 0 0%
Kazuo Ishiguro 0 0%
Daniel Defoe 0 0%
Laurence Sterne 0 0%
J.G. Ballard 0 0%
Charlotte Brontë 0 0%
Emily Brontë 0 0%
William Makepeace Thackeray 0 0%
Rudyard Kipling 1 5.56%
Ian McEwan 0 0%
H.G. Wells 0 0%
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 0 0%
Joseph Conrad 0 0%
Robert Louis Stevenson 0 0%
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Who is the best British novelist of all time?

the best novelists from England, Scotland and Ireland :smileani:

there are too many of these fukers so I've probably missed a ton of names

this poll should be interesting as there's less obvious choices than in previous polls

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I wont go adding names to this poll. (Supposing you remember to create it )

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Yeah I think there's this limitation of 30 names in the poll anyway. I guess many will find their favourite writer has been left out. If this happens to be Agatha Christie or J.K. Rowling then it's your own fault

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No Dan Brown? :frownani:

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I didn't even know he's British.

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My bad, I thought it was about language not nationality. I bet the Brits wish he were on their team though.

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My bad, I thought it was about language not nationality. I bet the Brits wish he were on their team though.
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Anyway, my favourite British author is Robert Rankin. It's not in anyway high art, it's daft, funny books in the sci-fi/fantasy realm, but no writer ever makes me laugh out loud when reading in public as often as he does. Personal highlights include Sprout Mask Replica, The Anti-Pope (actually all of the Brentford Trilogy is wonderful, Omally & Pooley are a wonderful pairing) & The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse.

And as a Highland Scot I hate Walter Scott. Granted, I'm not judging this on his writing but on his responsibility for the twee commercialisation & romanticising of the Highlands & it's people in a way that means the Highlands is now viewed as kilts & haggis. **** him.

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yeah Scott was a ****ing sellout, the Dan Brown of his time

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JC can you add Doris Lessing to the poll?

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Tolkien out, Lessing in.
I would have no problem with Christie, she did write as good or better than likes of Orwell, but really... There is Joyce. Novels and Joyce, there is no much room for anyone.

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Tolkien out, Lessing in.
I would have no problem with Christie, she did write as good or better than likes of Orwell, but really... There is Joyce. Novels and Joyce, there is no much room for anyone.
I'd say there's a world of difference in the social and historical relevance of their works, though.

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Orwell is just not that important, plus, Christie was the first author to have the word "Nigg*er" removed from a book to not offend anyone. That is history

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In Britain at least both 1984 & Animal Farm have farm more cultural significance than anything Christie wrote. Stop trolling Joao

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But, B, he wrote only 1 novel. Oscar Wilde: the myself is not a novel either

And no, Cam, Orwell is not culturally more relevant to the best-selling woman of all time, also the one who wrote the play that stayed on stage for longest time (in the land of Shakespeare, Marlowe, etc), or that created the first character to have a orbituary in newspapers. At least Andy was talking about social and political importance, which are the topics of Orwell after all. But culturally?

At the end of the day, both are minor Writers, equally minor.

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Was Christie the one who got women hooked on crime stories and thereby (eventually) polluted the bookmarket and public television? :fero:

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And no, Cam, Orwell is not culturally more relevant to the best-selling woman of all time, also the one who wrote the play that stayed on stage for longest time (in the land of Shakespeare, Marlowe, etc), or that created the first character to have a orbituary in newspapers. At least Andy was talking about social and political importance, which are the topics of Orwell after all. But culturally?
depends what you mean by cultural significance. Is it writer's selling power and attention lavished on him in his own era or something of a lasting impact which transcends his or her own time and place. You could say JK Rowling is culturally far more significant than Ian McEwan and be right...but maybe also very wrong in another sense.

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And no, Cam, Orwell is not culturally more relevant to the best-selling woman of all time, also the one who wrote the play that stayed on stage for longest time (in the land of Shakespeare, Marlowe, etc), or that created the first character to have a orbituary in newspapers. At least Andy was talking about social and political importance, which are the topics of Orwell after all. But culturally?

At the end of the day, both are minor Writers, equally minor.
Seriously? Except the fact that Orwell is constantly referenced when we talk about things like the nanny state, or things like. Has far more relevance to British culture than Christie. Worldwide maybe it's different but in the UK it's not close.

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