5 Best Fiction Authors

The list of fiction authors is quite extensive and newer names are appended frequently making the list not so full-proof most times. However, there are a few names that have retained the internationally popular status even after they have ceased to write or live. Some of the best fiction authors are mentioned here.

Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie

1. Agatha Christie

Initially serving as a crime writer, Agatha Christie penned many plays, short stories and novels. Although she wrote several romance novels, she is most known for her creation of 66 detective novels as well as short stories. Popular reports show that her novels rank third after the novels of William Shakespeare and The Bible. With translation of her novels in 103 languages, her most popular works include Murder on the Orient Express, After the Funeral, The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding and The Mysterious Affair at Styles. She is credited for conceiving Hercule Poirot, one of the most popular fictional detective characters, who features in 33 of her novels.


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Sidney Sheldon

Sidney Sheldon

2. Sidney Sheldon

This Academy Award winning writer of American origin worked extensively for the television for 20 years and was responsible for creations such as 'I Dream of Jeannie' and 'The Patty Duke Show'. When he turned 50, he began writing novels that gained global fame and include the extremely popular 'Master of the Game', 'Rage of Angels', 'The Other Side of Midnight', 'If Tomorrow Comes' and 'Windmills of the Gods'. Most of his readers are women and his novels portray a very strong female character in the lead.


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Enid Blyton

Enid Blyton

3. Enid Blyton

Also known by her pen name Mary Pollock, Enid Blyton was a British writer who was adept at children's literature. Her books revolve around adventurous kids and their antics, without adult supervision. The 'Famous Five', 'The Secret Seven' and the 'Five Find-Outers and Dog' are her extremely famous creations. She designed the character of Noddy specifically meant for young readers.

Edgar Wallace

Edgar Wallace

4. Edgar Wallace

Born in 1875, Richard Horatio Edgar Wallace tried his hands at various genres that include crime fiction, plays, screenplays and novels. He has 24 plays, 175 novels and myriad articles to his credit. At least 160 films bear his signature since they have been adapted from his novels. The characters of King Kong and Green Archer come from his creations. His other popular pieces of work include 'The Four Just Men' and 'J.G. Reeder Detective Series'.


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Ian Fleming

Ian Fleming

5. Ian Fleming

James Bond is a name that people all over the world know. The fictional spy is the creation of the British author, Ian Fleming. The character of Bond features in 9 short stories and 12 novels and several movies have been adapted from these. He continues to be a rage even in the modern day. Fleming also penned the popular children’s story, 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'.


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  • Agatha Christie
  • Sidney Sheldon
  • Enid Blyton
  • Edgar Wallace
  • Ian Fleming

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