That's enough about snow for now.
I was thinking about this in great depth in my insomniac state last night.
I decided that Shakespeare and Marlowe were good, but don't count as they are playwrights.
Dickens is a good shout, but has written too much drivel to really be a contender.
So I am putting forward my vote for J.K. Rowling.
Only joking. I think it has to be Orwell doesn't it. Everything he has written has been perfect. Quite similar to Dickens when you think about it. A lot about social consciousness and whatnot, but handled far less clumsily.
So yes I put it to you that Orwell is the greatest ever English writer.