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Fellowship elections are held by Council twice a year, after detailed discussion of a list of around forty writers. Candidates are proposed and seconded by existing Fellows, using forms obtained from the Secretary. 

Only 14 new Fellows are generally elected each year. Elected Fellows sign the Society’s roll book at the AGM in June.

Fellows are listed below (*= Honorary Fellow)

Dannie Abse
Chinua Achebe
Peter Ackroyd CBE
Richard Adams
Donald Adamson
Fleur Adcock OBE
Diran Adebayo
John Agard
Brian Aldiss OBE
Keith Alldritt
Fergus Allen CB
*David Altaras
Martin Amis
Mark Amory
Carole Angier
The Marquess of Anglesey DL FSA FRHistS Hon FRIBA
Anthony Rudolf
John Arden
Simon Armitage
Karen Armstrong
Bruce Arnold OBE
Geoffrey Ashe
Michael Asher
Rosemary Ashton OBE FBA
Diana Athill
Sir Alan Ayckbourn CBE
Paul Bailey
Beryl Bainbridge (Dame Beryl Bainbridge)
Michael Baldwin
Richard Barber
Sebastian Barker
Juliet Barker
Pat Barker CBE
Frank Barlow CBE FBA FRHistS
Correlli Barnett CBE
Stan Barstow
Jacques Barzun
Jonathan Bate CBE, FBA
Nina Bawden CBE
Martin Bax
John Bayley CBE FBA
CA Bayly FBA FRHistS
Gillian Beer
Antony Beevor
Rosalind Belben
Anne Olivier Bell
Bernard Bergonzi
Elizabeth Berridge
James Berry
Christopher Bigsby
Robert Binyon
Dea Birkett
Julia Blackburn
Ronald Blythe
James T. Boulton FBA
William Boyd CBE
James Brabazon
Melvyn Bragg (Lord Bragg)
Robin Briggs
Raymond Briggs
Michael Brock CBE
Hugh Brogan
Anita Brookner CBE
Alan Brownjohn
James Buchan
Brian Burland
John Burnside
Marilyn Butler FBA
A.S. Byatt (Dame Antonia Byatt)
David Cairns
Philip Callow
David Cannadine FBA FRHistS
Peter Carey
John Carey FBA
Sir Raymond Carr FBA FRHistS
Justin Cartwright
David Caute
Glen Cavaliero
Hugh Cecil
Anne Chisholm
Rupert Christiansen
Gillian Clarke
John Clay
Morton N. Cohen
Isabel Colegate
Linda Colley FRHistS FBA
Tony Connor
Robert Conquest CMG OBE
P.J. Conrad
David Constantine
Wendy Cope
John Cornwell
Brian Cox CBE
Jim Crace
Kevin Crossley-Holland
Tony Curtis
David Dabydeen
William Dalrymple
Richard Davenport-Hines
Lionel Davidson
Paul Davies
Stevie Davies
Andrew Davies
Dick Davis
Richard Dawkins FRS
*Jill Balcon (Mrs C. Day-Lewis)
Anita Desai, Benson Medallist
Peter Dickinson
David Dilks FRHistS
Jenny Diski
Maura Dooley
Roddy Doyle
Margaret Drabble CBE
Carol Ann Duffy CBE
Maureen Duffy
Ian Duhig
Katherine Duncan-Jones
Helen Dunmore
Nell Dunn
Jane Dunn
Douglas Dunn OBE
Geoff Dyer
*Umberto Eco
David Edgar
Max Egremont (Lord Egremont DL)
Prof. Richard J. Evans FBA
Bernardine Evaristo
Richard Faber (Sir Richard Faber KCVO CMG)
Julian Fane
U.A. Fanthorpe CBE
Moris Farhi MBE
Sebastian Faulks CBE
Elaine Feinstein
James Fenton
Maggie Fergusson
Orlando Figes
Anne Fine OBE
Tibor Fischer
Roy Fisher
Michael Foot
Margaret Forster
Roy Foster FBA FRHistS
Dick Francis CBE
Antonia Fraser CBE
Robert Fraser
Michael Frayn
Brian Friel
Athol Fugard
John Fuller
P.N. Furbank
Paul Fussell
Nicholas Gage
Mavis Gallant CC
Jane Gardam
*Anthony Gardner
Philip Gardner
Timothy Garton Ash CMG
Bamber Gascoigne
Norman Gash CBE FBA FRHistS
*Robert Gavron (Lord Gavron CBE)
Maggie Gee
Martin Gilbert (Sir Martin Gilbert CBE)
David Gilmour
Lesley Glaister
Victoria Glendinning CBE, Vice-President
Julian Gloag
*Martyn Goff CBE
Magdalen Goffin
Nadine Gordimer, Benson Medallist
Lyndall Gordon
Warwick Gould
Grey Gowrie (The Earl of Gowrie)
*Gunter Grass
Simon Gray
A.C. Grayling
Peter Green
Lavinia Greenlaw
John Gribbin
John Gross
Romesh Gunesekera
Abdulrazak Gurnah
John Haffenden
John Halperin
Georgina Hammick
Christopher Hampton CBE
James Harding
Barbara Hardy
David Hare (Sir David Hare)
Claire Harman
Richard Harries (The Rt Revd Richard Harries)
Robert Harris
Wilson Harris
Tony Harrison
David Harsent
Ronald Harwood CBE, Vice-President
Selina Hastings
Max Hastings (Sir Max Hastings)
Roy Hattersley (Lord Hattersley)
*Vaclav Havel
John Haylock
Cameron Hazlehurst
Shirley Hazzard
Tim Heald
Denis Healey (Lord Healey CH MBE)
Edna Healey (Lady Healey)
*Seamus Heaney C Lit
*Mrs Drue Heinz DBE
Philip Hensher
Dominic Hibberd
Christopher Hibbert MC
Geoffrey Hill
Reginald Hill
Bevis Hillier
Tim Hilton
Barry Hines
Russell Hoban
Mary Hocking
Eva Hoffman
Richard Hoggart
Alan Hollinghurst
Richard Holmes OBE FBA
Sir Michael Holroyd CBE FRHistS C.Lit
Park Honan
Hugh Honour FBA
Christopher Hope
John Horden FSA
Nick Hornby
Sir Alistair Horne CBE
Elizabeth Jane Howard CBE
Philip Howard
*Eric Hobsbawm
Kathryn Hughes FRHistS
Shirley Hughes OBE
Emyr Humphreys
Roland Huntford
Aamer Hussein
Angela Huth
Samuel Hynes
Mick Imlah
Robert Irwin
Kazuo Ishiguro OBE
P.D. James (Baroness James of Holland Park OBE JP), Vice-President
Deborah Jay
Alan Jenkins
Elizabeth Jenkins OBE
Liz Jensen
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala CBE
Jenny Joseph
Professor Gabriel Josipovici
Elsa Joubert
Alan Judd
P.J. Kavanagh
Jackie Kay
Jonathan Keates
H.R.F. Keating
John Kegan (Sir John Kegan OBE FRHistS)
Laurence Kelly
Linda Kelly
Thomas Keneally
A.L. Kennedy
Ludovic Kennedy (Sir Ludovic Kennedy)
*HRH The Duke of Kent
Frank Kermode (Sir Frank Kermode FBA)
Thomas Kilroy
Francis King CBE
Matthew Kneale
Shiv K. Kumar
John Lanchester
Robin Lane Fox
Lee Langley
Bryony Lavery
Zachary Leader
Hermione Lee CBE FBA
Brendan Lehane
*Patrick Leigh Fermor (Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor C.Lit DSO OBE)
Laurence Lerner
Michael Levey (Sir Michael Levey LVO FBA)
Paul Levy
Andrea Levy
Naomi Lewis
Jeremy Lewis
Gwyneth Lewis
R.P. Lister
Penelope Lively CBE
Samuel Lock
David Lodge CBE
Michael Longley
Roger Lonsdale FBA
Edward Lowbury OBE
Edward Lucie-Smith
Fiona MacCarthy
George MacDonald Fraser OBE
Ian McDonald AA
Ian McEwan CBE
Roger McGough CBE
Patrick McGrath
Shena Mackay
Rory Maclean
Margaret MacMillan
Candia McWilliam
Denis Mack Smith CBE FBA
Brenda Maddo (Lady Maddox)
Noel Malcolm FBA
Michael Mallett
Hilary Mantel
Patrick Marber
E.A. Markham
Patrick Marnham
Philip Marsden
Rosalind Marshall
Allan Massie
Douglas Matthews FLA
Glyn Maxwell
Derwent May
Ernest Mehew
Edward Mendelson
Jeffrey Meyers
James Michie
Diane Middlebrook
Stanley Middleton
Mary Midgeley
Karl Miller
Michael Millgate
Adrian Mitchell
Julian Mitchell
Deborah Moggach
Caroline Moorehead OBE
Geoffrey Moorhouse
Professor Edwin Morgan OBE
Michael Morpurgo OBE, Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres
Jan Morris CBE
Blake Morrison
John Mortimer CBE QC (Sir John Mortimer), Vice-President
Nicholas Mosley MC
Andrew Motion
Ferdinand Mount
Paul Muldoon
Alice Munro
Richard Murphy
V.S. Naipaul (Sir Vidia Naipaul C.Lit)
Venetia Newall FSA
Charles Nicholl
Grace Nichols
Peter Nichols
William Nicholson
Adam Nicolson
Vivien Noakes
Gerard Noel
David Nokes
Leslie Norris
John Julius Norwich
Robert Nye
Conor Cruise O’Brien
Sean O’Brien
Kathleen Odell (Mrs B.K. D’Alton)
Bernard O’Donoghue
Rowan Williams (The Archbishop of Canterbury)
Julia O’Faolain
Redmond O’Hanlon
Ben Okri OBE
*Christopher Ondaatje (Sir Christopher Ondaatje CBE)
Charles Osborne
Ewald Osers FIL
Ruth Padel
Alan Palmer
Peter Parker
Don Paterson
Jill Paton Walsh
Brian Patten
Catherine Peters
Humphrey Phelps
Mike Phillips
Caryl Phillips
Harold Pinter CBE CH C.Lit
David Plante
Alan Plater
Piers Plowright
Stephen Poliakoff
Peter Porter
David Pownall
David Profumo
David Pryce-Jones
Philip Pullman CBE
Isabel Quigly
Jonathan Raban
Craig Raine
Frederic Raphael
Piers Paul Read
Anne Redmon
Joan Rees
Christopher Reid
Ruth Rendell (Baroness Rendell of Babergh CBE)
Joanna Richardson, Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, D.Litt
Christopher Ricks FBA
Jane Ridley
Matt Ridley
William Riviere
Graham Robb
Andrew Roberts
Miss Michele Roberts
Jane Rogers
Kenneth Rose CBE
Jacob Ross
JK Rowling OBE
Carol Rumens
Salman Rushdie
Lawrence Sail
*John Saumarez Smith
*Vernon Scannell
J.J. Scarisbrick
Ann Schlee
Michael Schmidt
*Patricia Schute
Michael Screech (The Rev Professor M.A. Screech FBA)
Roger Scruton
Peter Scupham
Simon Sebag-Montefiore
Richard Sennett
Vikram Seth
Miranda Seymour
Sir Peter Shaffer CBE
Nicholas Shakespeare
Jo Shapcott
Norman Sherry
Posy Simmonds
Simon Jenkins (Sir Simon Jenkins)
Helen Simpson
Andrew Sinclair
Clive Sinclair
Robert Skidelsky (The Lord Skidelsky of Tilton FRHistS)
Zadie Smith
Lacey Baldwin Smith FRHistS
Godfrey Smith
Mary Soames (The Lady Soames DBE)
*Alexander Solzhenitsyn
*Ben Sonnenberg
Ahdaf Soueif
*Wole Soyinka, Benson Medallist
Frances Spalding CBE
Francis Spufford
Hilary Spurling
Giles St Aubyn LVO
William St Clair
Norman St John-Stevas (The Rt Hon Lord St John of Fawsley)
Tom Stacey
Jon Stallworthy
Martin Stannard
C.K. Stead CBE
George Steiner
Stanley Stewart
Sir Tom Stoppard OM CBE C.Lit
Roy Strong (Sir Roy Strong)
Virginia Surtees
John Sutherland
Graham Swift
George Szirtes
D. J. Taylor
Emma Tennant
Hugh Thomas (Lord Thomas of Swynnerton)
Ian Thomson
Colin Thubron, Vice-President
Anthony Thwaite OBE
Ann Thwaite
Gillian Tindall
A.T. Tolley
Nikolai Tolstoy
Claire Tomalin, Vice-President
Sue Townsend
Jeremy Treglown
Rose Tremain
Raleigh Trevelyan
William Trevor KBE C.Lit
Lynne Truss
Jenny Uglow
Barry Unsworth
Edward Upward, Benson Medallist
Peter Vansittart
James Walvin
Marina Warner
Val Warner
Keith Waterhouse CBE
Fay Weldon CBE
Robert Wells
Timberlake Wertenbaker
Arnold Wesker
Sara Wheeler
Hugh Whitemore
Helen Wilcox
Hugo Williams
Nigel Williams
A.N. Wilson
Jacqueline Wilson
Lewis Wolpert CBE FRS
Charles Wood
Michael Wood
Gerard Woodward
Pamela Woof
Andrew Wright
Kit Wright
Francis Wyndham
Adam Zamoyski
Theodore Zeldin OBE
Philip Ziegler CVO

Jacob Ross

Jacob Ross, elected a Fellow in 2006©

Liz Jensen

Liz Jensen signing the roll book in 2006 ©
 

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