This page is chiefly a response to a surprising number of requests from readers of the rest of my site concerning my favourite authors. It's not meant to be an exhaustive reply - it couldn't be. For a start, I read far too much and have far too many "favourite authors" to be able to list all of them, still less to say anything about them. It's not even in any particular order; the first writer I've chosen, Fiona Cooper, shouldn't be taken to be at the top of some list, simply on a list of writers whom I particularly enjoy.
If I've applied any criterion at all in my selection from my favourites it's that of comparative neglect. I'm sure that Fiona Cooper sells well, but I'm surprised that her work isn't better known. So, apart from being a response to requests, this page is also an attempt to bring certain writers to the greater prominence they deserve. I hope also that it sets you to the enjoyable reading of books you might otherwise not have come across.
(Neglect, here, means neglect in this country (England). It may well be that some of the writers that I add (for example, Eudora Welty) are far from neglected elsewhere. And sometimes I'll include an author who simply isn't neglected, but whom I just can't leave out.)
The fact that most of the authors here so far are women is simply a reflection of the fact that many of my favourite writers are women; there's no intention to make this a "Women Writers Page". An extremely good site that is intended as that is A Celebration of Women Writers - highly recommended. It's very ambitious, and is well worth returning to at regular intervals.
You might also be interested in the Authors section of my Fantasy & S.F. page.
Clicking on or otherwise selecting the links will take you to whatever information I've found and thought useful - usually a bibliography, plus any relevant links to other sites. I'm not too interested in personality cults, nor in lit.crit. wafflings about Literature; I just enjoy reading the books.