. . .desperately trying to think of a British novelist besides Jane Austen. . .err.
If you like Tess D'Ubervilles, You'd probably like Wuthering Heights or Jane Eyre (love the movie, worship the movie). Dickens is always agreeable. . . I found Melville a bit too much. . .never liked Robert Louis Stevenson. Was the Baroness Orczy British? I always liked the Scarlet Pimpernel, melodramatic as it was.
Oh, and I'm recommending the Gormenghast trilogy whether you like it or not.