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Over the last few weeks, I’ve been sharing the  favourite authors of Wodehouse lovers in the ‘Fans of P G Wodehouse’ Facebook community. This final instalment lists the 50 most popular writers listed during our discussion of the topic. Many of these writers were equally popular, and the order in which they are listed here should not be considered proof of their relative popularity.  I share them, imperfectly ranked as they are, in the interests of helping like-minded readers who may be looking for ‘new’ authors to try.

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1. Agatha Christie
2. Douglas Adams
3. Jane Austen
4. Terry Pratchett
5. Jerome K Jerome
6. Charles Dickens
7. John Mortimer
8. Saki
9. Richmal Crompton
10. RK Narayan
11. G K Chesterton
12. Gerald Durrell
13. Rex Stout
14. J.R.R Tolkien
15. Enid Blyton
16. Bill Bryson
17. Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle
18. J K Rowling
19. John Steinbeck
20. Leo Tolstoy
21. Mark Twain
22. Oscar Wilde
23. E F Benson
24. Henry Cecil
25. Roald Dahl
26. George McDonald Fraser
27. Evelyn Waugh
28. Raymond Chandler
29. Daphne du Maurier
30. Stephen Fry
31. Joseph Heller
32. James Herriot
33. Alistair Maclean
34. Dorothy L Sayers
35. James Thurber
36. Louisa May Alcott
37. Lewis Carroll
38. Frederick Forsyth
39. Richard Gordon
40. Graham Greene
41. Georgette Heyer
42. Stephen Leacock
43. Somerset Maugham
44. Alexander McCall Smith
45. Tom Sharpe
46. George Bernard Shaw
47. William Makepeace Thackery
48. Dornford Yates
49. Leslie Charteris
50. Jhumpa Lahiri


  1. out of this list, i’m unfamiliar with the writings of Benson. should add Thurber and Leacock of the older writers and Roddy Doyle amongst the contemporary

  2. ashokbhatia says:

    Reblogged this on ashokbhatia and commented:
    Here is the concluding part from a thoroughly delightful co-blogger!

  3. I’ve just come across Kyril Bonfigliori in Waterstone’s, (well, his books anyway – apparently he died in 1885) and the New Yorker describes him as ‘The result of an unholy collaboration between PG Wodehouse and Ian Fleming.’ Needless to say, I’m intrigued, and a little ashamed of never having heard of him.

  4. Oops. 1985, not 1885! What a typo!

  5. […] is Richmal Crompton and her (yes it’s a lady!) beautiful creation. I discovered the author on this post on Plumtopia (heaven for the Wodehouse lover); authors that Wodehouse fans like. Anyway, turns […]

  6. Derryl T Fontenot says:

    Peter De Vries. De Vries may be America’s best strictly comic novelist. As distinctive as Wodehouse in his way.

    • honoria plum says:

      I shall have to investigate further. Thanks for the tip.

      • Derryl T Fontenot says:

        I recommend beginning with his early cheerful comedies, like Comfort Me With Apples, The Tents of Wickedness, The Tunnel of Love, and The Mackerel Plaza. Especially CMWA. The Bood of the Lamb, although great, marks where he becomes more of a Black Humorist. Still, he stayed good. See Let Me Count the Ways and The Vale of Laughter. Mrs. Wallop and the book that has his two brilliant novellas, The Cat’s Pajamas & Witch’s Milk.

      • honoria plum says:

        Right Ho – I shall.

  7. I love some of them. I would have put anthony buckeridge on the list mysefl, he wrote wonderful funny school stories which I love, in fact it was looking for something similar that led me to Wodehouse, i read mike at Wrykyn and Mike and psmith becaue i loved jennings.

  8. Jo Welch says:

    Of these, I have loved 1, 6, 15, 17, 18, 30 and 34 at some stage of my life and enjoyed 2, 3, 9, 16, 21, 22, 23, 25, 27, 29, 32, 37, 40, 44, 46, 48, but none for as long as I’ve loved P G Wodehouse.

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