List of British Jewish writers
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List of British Jewish writers is a list that includes writers (novelists, poets, playwrights, journalists and others) from the United Kingdom and its predecessor states who are or were Jewish or of Jewish descent.
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- Grace Aguilar , novelist & poet
- Naomi Alderman , novelist, winner of the Orange Award for new writers 2006
- Lisa Appignanesi , novelist
- Jillian Becker 
- Alain de Botton , writer
- Caryl Brahms, writer
- David Bret biographer, broadcaster & chansonnier (French-born, Jewish father)
- Anita Brookner , novelist
- Ian Buruma , Dutch-born journalist and writer
- Elias Canetti , novelist, man of letters, Nobel Prize (1981) (Bulgarian-born)
- Chapman Cohen, writer on secularism
- Jackie Collins , novelist
- Alan Coren, humorous writer
- Charlotte Dacre , novelist and poet
- Isaac D'Israeli , writer
- Jenny Diski  writer
- Richard Ellmann, literary scholar and biographer
- Moris Farhi, writer (Turkish born): TimesAd
- Benjamin Farjeon 
- Eleanor Farjeon, daughter of Benjamin Farjeon
- Gilbert Frankau, writer
- Stephen Fry , actor & writer
- Neil Gaiman , fantasy writer
- Ralph Glasser (Growing up in the Gorbals)
- Louis Golding , novelist
- Lewis Goldsmith, journalist and political writer 
- Linda Grant , novelist
- Charlotte Haldane , feminist writer
- Basil Henriques 
- Muriel Gray , Author, 'The Tube' presenter.
- Zoë Heller , author (Jewish father)
- Noreena Hertz , great granddaughter of Joseph Hertz (Chief Rabbi of the British Empire)
- Anthony Horowitz, famous works include the Alex Rider series.
- Eva Ibbotson, known for her award-winning children's books and for her romance novels.
- Joseph Jacobs , folklorist
- Howard Jacobson , writer & broadcaster
- Ruth Prawer Jhabvala novelist and screenwriter
- Gabriel Josipovici, novelist and short story writer (JYB 2005 p215)
- Judith Kerr , children's writer
- Gerald Kersh , novelist.
- Matthew Kneale , writer (Jewish mother)
- Arthur Koestler , novelist & critic
- Marghanita Laski , writer
- Sir Sidney Lee (1859–1926) , biographer and literary scholar
- Joseph Leftwich , writer, one of the Whitechapel Boys
- David Levi, writer on Jewish subjects
- Amy Levy, 1861–1889, poet, novelist, short story writer, essayist.
- Paul Levy, food writer, biographer. Long rabbinical pedigree, vide "Finger Lickin' Good: A Kentucky Childhood," (London 1986)
- Emanuel Litvinoff , novelist.
- Leo Marks , cryptographer & screenwriter
- Anna Maxted, writer, journalist
- George Mikes, Encyclopaedia Judaica vol 6, column 789, Hungarian-born comic writer
- Santa Montefiore, author (convert)
- Simon Sebag Montefiore , writer
- Alexander Piatigorsky  writer, philosopher, culture theorist Winner of the Russian Bely Prize (2002)for literature
- Harold Pinter , writer, playwright
- Frederic Raphael , screenwriter, novelist & critic
- Michael Rosen , novelist, poet & broadcaster
- Bernice Rubens , novelist
- Will Self , novelist (Jewish mother)
- Clive Sinclair novelist
- Muriel Spark, , novelist (Jewish father, possible Jewish mother; converted to Catholicism later in life)
- Jewish Chronicle 13/3/1998 p1: "Dame Muriel Spark, the author of "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" and several other celebrated works, is halachically Jewish." (Says her mother was Jewish too.)
- William Sutcliffe, Novelist - New Boy(1986), Are You Experienced? (1997), Whatever Makes You Happy (2008)
- Adam Thirlwell, novelist
- Fredric Warburg, author and publisher
- Stephen Winsten Jewish Quarterly article on the Whitechapel Boys, writer
- Leonard Woolf , writer & activist
- Israel Zangwill , novelist
- "Israel Zangwill, Anglo-Jewish writer and political activist, was probably the best known Jew in the English-speaking world at the start of the twentieth century."
- Theodore Zeldin, writer
- Dannie Abse , poet, brother of Leo Abse and psychoanalyst Wilfred Abse
- Al Alvarez , poet
- Ivor Cutler , poet, humorist, musician
- Elaine Feinstein , poet, writer, biographer
- Rose Fyleman, children's writer
- Karen Gershon , German-born poet
- Philip Hobsbaum , poet
- Jenny Joseph, poet (The Times (London); 23/11/02; Amanda Craig; p. 6)
- Laurence Lerner , poet (born South Africa)
- Amy Levy , poet & novelist
- Vivian de Sola Pinto , poet
- John Rodker, poet and publisher
- Isaac Rosenberg , war poet
- Jon Silkin , poet
- Arthur Waley, poet and prose writer
- Humbert Wolfe, poet and civil servant
- Peter Barnes , playwright
- Ronald Harwood , playwright & screenwriter
- Tom Kempinski , playwright & screenwriter
- Patrick Marber , playwright & comedian
- Harold Pinter , playwright
- Jack Rosenthal , TV playwright
- Peter & Anthony Shaffer , playwrights
- Tom Stoppard , playwright
- Alfred Sutro , playwright
- Arnold Wesker , playwright
- Barbara Amiel 
- Lionel Blue, rabbi and journalist
- Alex Brummer, Economic and financial journalist and biographer
- Ian Buruma , Dutch-born author and journalist
- John Diamond , journalist
- Jonathan Freedland , journalist
- Ernest Abraham Hart 
- Matthew Kalman, Editor-in-Chief, The Jerusalem Report
- Dominic Lawson, journalist
- Nigella Lawson , Cookery writer
- Norman Lebrecht , journalist, writer & critic
- Bernard Levin , journalist & broadcaster
- Emily Maitlis , TV newscaster & reporter
- Robert Peston , BBC Business Editor
- Melanie Phillips , journalist
- Eve Pollard , journalist & newspaper editor
- Marjorie Proops agony aunt
- Richard Quest , CNN International anchorman
- Kimberly Quinn , publisher
- Claire Rayner , agony aunt
- Jon Ronson,  Journalist, author, documentary filmmaker and radio presenter.
- Jon Sopel,  Journalist, presents The Politics Show on BBC One and is one of the lead presenters on News 24.
- Victor Weisz, Vicky, cartoonist
- JYB = Jewish Year Book
- TimesAd: The Times, 6/7/06 p34: "A Call by Jews in Britain" (advert signed by 300 British Jews)
- Wikipedia, Who's Who in the World, Encyclopoedia Judaica reviews Observer Times Telegraph New Statesman Spectator
- Obituary, Jewish Chronicle, Dec. 10, 1982
- Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: "the elder son of Enoch Cohen, a Jewish confectioner, and his wife, Deborah Barnett"
- The Express 15 January 2005; David Robson at large: "a book of pieces by Alan Coren, a Jewish humorous writer"
- Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: "the second of the three sons (there were no daughters) of James Isaac Ellmann, lawyer, a Jewish Romanian immigrant, and his wife, Jeanette Barsook, an immigrant from Kiev in Ukraine"
- Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: "His parents were Orthodox Jews"
- Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: "In spite of his Jewish descent his sympathies were with the extreme right"
- Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: "he was of Portuguese Jewish descent"
-  "Anglo-Indian writer ... Ruth Prawer Jhabvala was born in Cologne, Germany. Her father, a lawyer, was of Polish-Jewish origin and her mother was German-Jewish. Jhabvala attended Jewish segregated school before she emigrated in 1939 with her family to Britain." Accessed 1 Nov 2006.
- Dictionary of National Biography: "Jewish controversialist, born in London in 1740, was son of Mordecai Levi, a member of the London congregation of German and Polish Jews"
- The Independent Feb 7, 2005; online here Findarticles accessed 11 Dec 2006
- Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: "Her father was in the lace trade, and the family were freethinking Jews"
- Anglo-Jewish poetry from Isaac Rosenberg to Elaine Feinstein" by Peter Lawson; ISBN 0-85303-617-9
- Concise Dictionary of National Biography: "born Umberto Wolff in Milan of Jewish parentage"
- Daily Mail, 21/12/2001, p13: "Conrad Black's wife Barbara Amiel, a Jewish writer"
- Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: "as a Jew, and therefore subject to the University Test Acts, Hart decided against university entry"
- Jewish Chronicle, July 29, 2005 p.24: "Lawson - one of the few Jewish editors of a national paper"
- Concise Dictionary of National Biography: "born in Germany of Hungarian Jewish parents"