Australian Women Novelists

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Throughout history, there have been many Australian women novelists who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great Australian female novelists such as P. L. Travers, Catherine Helen Spence, Colleen McCullough, Trudi Canavan, Kerry Greenwood.
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Liane Moriarty
(Australian Writer Known for His Novels 'Big Little Lies' and 'Nine Perfect Strangers')
Liane Moriarty
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Birthdate: November 15, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Liane Moriarty is an Australian author best known for writing the New York Times bestseller Big Little Lies. The book was later adapted into a TV series for HBO. Prior to becoming a famous author, she worked at a legal publishing company. She has also worked as a freelance advertising copywriter.  Her siblings Jaclyn and Nicola are also authors. 

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Colleen McCullough
(Novelist, Writer, Neurologist, Biographer, Science fiction writer)
Colleen McCullough
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Birthdate: June 1, 1937
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wellington
Died: January 29, 2015

Australian author Colleen McCullough soared to fame with her bestselling novel The Thorn Birds, which was also made into a hit miniseries. Fans also lover her Masters of Rome and Carmine Delmonico series of novels. A former neuropsychologist, she has previously taught at the Yale School of Medicine.

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Kathy Lette
(Novelist)
Kathy Lette
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Birthdate: November 11, 1958
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sydney

Australian-British writer Kathy Lette initially gained fame with the book Puberty Blues, which was made into a movie and a series. She then became a sitcom writer. Known for her bestsellers such as The Boy Who Fell to Earth and How to Kill Your Husband, Kathy is a true-blue feminist.

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Kerry Greenwood
(Australian Author Best known for Her Series of Historical Detective Novels about the Fictional Character Phryne Fisher)
Kerry Greenwood
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Birthdate: 1954 AD
Birthplace: Footscray, Australia

Kerry Greenwood is an Australian author and lawyer who writes children’s books, mystery, science fiction, and historical fiction. She is best known for her series of historical detective novels about the fictional character Phryne Fisher. She has a law degree and worked full-time as a criminal defense lawyer before becoming a professional writer. She has won a Davitt Award.

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Trudi Canavan
(Best Known for Her Best-Selling Fantasy Trilogies 'The Black Magician' & 'Age of The Five')
Trudi Canavan
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Birthdate: October 23, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
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Miles Franklin
(Australian Writer and Feminist Best Known for Her Novel 'My Brilliant Career')
Miles Franklin
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Birthdate: October 14, 1879
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Talbingo, Australia
Died: September 19, 1954

Miles Franklin was an Australian feminist and writer best remembered for her 1901 novel My Brilliant Career. Franklin, who made immense contributions to Australian literature, was honored with the prestigious S. H. Prior Memorial Prize twice during her illustrious career. The Miles Franklin Award and the Stella Prize were established in her honor.

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Helen Garner
(Journalist, Novelist, Screenwriter)
Helen Garner
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Birthdate: November 7, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Geelong
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Shirley Hazzard
(Australian-American Novelist, Short Story Writer, and Essayist Best Known for Her 2003 Novel, 'The Great Fire')
Shirley Hazzard
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Birthdate: January 30, 1931
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
Died: December 12, 2016

Australian-born American author Shirley Hazzard is best known for her Lost Man Booker Prize-shortlisted book The Bay of Noon and the National Book Award-winning The Great Fire. She has also penned various non-fiction volumes on the United Nations, where she had worked as a typist for a decade.

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Jennifer Rowe
(Writer, Novelist, Children's writer)
Jennifer Rowe
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Birthdate: April 2, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sydney
Doris Pilkington Garimara
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Birthdate: July 1, 1937
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Balfour Downs Station, Newman, Australia
Died: April 10, 2014
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Jill K. Conway
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Birthdate: October 9, 1934
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hillston, Australia
Died: June 1, 2018
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Kate Grenville
(Australian Author)
Kate Grenville
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Birthdate: October 14, 1950
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Australian author Kate Grenville is best known for her Orange Prize-winning novel The Idea of Perfection and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize-winning book The Secret River. She has previously also edited documentaries and taught creative writing. The Officer of the Order of Australia awardee has also earned several honorary doctorates.

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Catherine Helen Spence
(Author, Journalist & Politician)
Catherine Helen Spence
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Birthdate: October 31, 1825
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Melrose, Scotland
Died: April 3, 1910

Catherine Helen Spence was a 19th-century Scottish-born Australian author, teacher, journalist, and politician. One of the leading suffragists of her era, she was also a minister of religion and social worker. She supported electoral proportional representation. Australian writer and feminist Miles Franklin called her the "Greatest Australian Woman". 

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Angela Thirkell
(Novelist)
Angela Thirkell
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Birthdate: January 30, 1890
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kensington, London, England
Died: January 29, 1961
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Mary Augusta Ward
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Birthdate: June 11, 1851
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hobart, Australia
Died: March 24, 1920
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Sally Morgan
(Author, Artist)
Sally Morgan
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Birthdate: January 18, 1951
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Perth, Western Australia

Sally Morgan is an Australian dramatist, author, and artist. Counted among the important Australian Aboriginal figures, Morgan is respected for her work and has been honored with several awards like Human Rights Literature and Other Writing Award. Her works are showcased in several public and private collections around the world. Morgan’s work is also displayed at the Australian National Gallery.

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Ruth Park
(New Zealand-Australian Writer)
Ruth Park
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Birthdate: August 24, 1917
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand
Died: December 14, 2010

Ruth Park was a New Zealand–born Australian writer whose works earned her numerous awards in both Australia and internationally between 1946 and 2004. She is perhaps best remembered for her 1948 novel The Harp in the South, which was translated into 37 languages. Also known as a children's writer, Ruth Park was honored with the prestigious Dromkeen Medal in 2008.

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Randa Abdel-Fattah
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Birthdate: June 6, 1979
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Alexis Wright
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Birthdate: November 25, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cloncurry, Australia
Henry Handel Richardson
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Birthdate: January 3, 1870
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: East Melbourne, Australia
Died: March 20, 1946
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Christina Stead
(Novelist)
Christina Stead
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Birthdate: July 17, 1902
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rockdale, Australia
Died: March 31, 1983
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Dorothy Hewett
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Birthdate: May 21, 1923
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Perth, Australia
Died: August 1, 2002

Dorothy Hewett was an Australian feminist poet, novelist, and playwright, often credited to be one of Australia's best-loved and most respected writers. She studied English at the University of Western Australia (UWA) and wrote for a Communist newspaper under a pseudonym. Over time, she established herself as a prominent author of feminist literature. She received the Christopher Brennan Award.

Katharine Susannah Prichard
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Birthdate: December 4, 1883
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Levuka, Fiji
Died: October 2, 1969
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Elizabeth Jolley
(Australian Writer and Pioneer of Creative Writing Teaching in Australia)
Elizabeth Jolley
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Birthdate: June 4, 1923
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Birmingham, England
Died: February 13, 2007

Elizabeth Jolley was an English-born Australian author who wrote 15 novels, three non-fiction books, and four short story collections after beginning to write at the age of 53. Jolley, who achieved significant critical acclaim for her work, also taught at Curtin University where she mentored several writers like Tim Winton. She also won several awards like National Book Council Award.

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Ethel Turner
(Novelist)
Ethel Turner
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Birthdate: January 24, 1870
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Doncaster, England
Died: April 8, 1958
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Thea Astley
(Novelist)
Thea Astley
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Birthdate: August 25, 1925
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Queensland, Australia
Died: August 17, 2004
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Chloe Hooper
(Author)
Chloe Hooper
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Birthdate: 1973 AD
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Jeannie Gunn
(Novelist)
Jeannie Gunn
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Birthdate: June 5, 1870
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Carlton, Australia
Died: June 9, 1961
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Sonya Hartnett
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Birthdate: February 23, 1968
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Box Hill, Victoria, Australia
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Janette Turner Hospital
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Birthdate: November 12, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
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Kylie Tennant
(Australian Novelist, Playwright, Short-Story Writer and Biographer)
Kylie Tennant
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Birthdate: March 12, 1912
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Manly, Australia
Died: February 28, 1988

Author Kylie Tennant won the S. H. Prior Memorial Prize with her first novel, Tiburon. She is also known for her novel The Battlers, apart from her travel writing and children’s books. Initially a journalist, she later conducted her own research on the downtrodden sections of Australia for her novels.