When you think of Australia, you usually think of cricket and kangaroos or Kylie Minogue or Baz Luhrmann or anything under the sun but literature. But mind you! Australian authors are gradually winning over hearts and taking over the world’s bookshelves in a big, big way. Be it Tim Winton’s "Breath" about surfing and taking risks or Geraldine Brooks worldwide bestseller "People of the Book" – one of the best books you could ever hope to read or two-time Booker Prize winner Peter Carey's books, or Markus Zusak's "The Book Thief" – a young adult novel, Australia has produced copious bestsellers over the years. Authors from down under have plenty to express, and they lace their stories and ideas with stunning prose and sharply detailed characters. Aussie writers have authors and published books that have put them on the international literary map. Here we bring you the biographies of some of the most famous Australian writers. Read on to know more about the timelines, life stories and interesting trivia & facts related to their lives.
Portia de RossiPortia de Rossi
31 January 1973
P. L. TraversP. L. Travers
09 August 1899

Ellyse PerryEllyse Perry
03 November 1990

Tim MinchinTim Minchin
07 October 1975

Germaine Greer Germaine Greer
29 January 1939

Banjo PatersonBanjo Paterson
17 February 1864
David UnaiponDavid Unaipon
28 September 1872

Patrick WhitePatrick White
28 May 1912
Australian Writer

Henry LawsonHenry Lawson
17 June 1867
Robert HughesRobert Hughes
28 July 1938
Art Critic, Writer

Judith Wright Judith Wright
31 May 1915
Poet, Environmentalist, Campaigner for Aboriginal
Mem FoxMem Fox
05 March 1946

Catherine Helen Spence Catherine Helen Spence
31 October 1825
Author, Journalist & Politician

Georges LeBarGeorges LeBar
24 January 1973

Ada CambridgeAda Cambridge
21 November 1844
Australian-English writer

Lindy Chamberlain-CreightonLindy Chamberlain-Creighton
04 March 1948
Leigh WhannellLeigh Whannell
17 January 1977
Actor, Screenwriter, Writer, Director

Saroo BrierleySaroo Brierley
1981 AD

Jim JefferiesJim Jefferies
14 February 1977
Stand-up comedian

Andrew UptonAndrew Upton
01 February 1966
Film director, Screenwriter, Librettist
Yanis VaroufakisYanis Varoufakis
24 March 1961
Economist, Politician, Professor, Non-fiction

Mark Brandon ReadMark Brandon Read
17 November 1954
Ben EltonBen Elton
03 May 1959
Actor, Comedian, Novelist, Writer, Screenwriter,

Rhonda ByrneRhonda Byrne
12 March 1951

Silvia CollocaSilvia Colloca
23 July 1977
Clive JamesClive James
07 October 1939
Writer, Broadcaster, Literary critic

Breaker MorantBreaker Morant
09 December 1864
Liane MoriartyLiane Moriarty
15 November 1966

Hamish BlakeHamish Blake
11 December 1981
Writer, Actor

James ClavellJames Clavell
10 October 1921
Robyn DavidsonRobyn Davidson
06 September 1950
Explorer, Writer

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Gregory David RobertsGregory David Roberts
21 June 1952
writer, novelist
Markus ZusakMarkus Zusak
23 June 1975
Writer, Novelist, Children's writer

Brendan CowellBrendan Cowell
16 August 1976

Shannon BennettShannon Bennett
23 November 1975

John PilgerJohn Pilger
09 October 1939
War correspondent, Writer, Director, Journalist
Susan PowterSusan Powter
22 December 1957
Writer, Presenter, Motivational speaker,
Matthew ReillyMatthew Reilly
02 July 1974
Writer, Poet lawyer

Thomas KeneallyThomas Keneally
07 October 1935
Writer, Playwright, Novelist, Actor, Author

Toby SchmitzToby Schmitz
04 May 1977

Tim WintonTim Winton
04 August 1960
Writer, Screenwriter, Novelist, Children's writer
Michael HallidayMichael Halliday
13 April 1925

Peter FitzSimonsPeter FitzSimons
29 June 1961
Rugby union player, Biographer

Colleen McCulloughColleen McCullough
01 June 1937
Novelist, Writer, Neurologist, Biographer, Science

Benedict SamuelBenedict Samuel
15 April 1988

Timothy ConigraveTimothy Conigrave
19 November 1959
Garth NixGarth Nix
19 July 1963
Writer, Children's writer, Author, Novelist,

John FlanaganJohn Flanagan
22 May 1944
writer, novelist, screenwriter
Paul JenningsPaul Jennings
30 April 1943
writer, children's writer, novelist, screenwriter

Karl KruszelnickiKarl Kruszelnicki
20 March 1948

Richard FlanaganRichard Flanagan
1961 AD
writer, journalist, film director, novelist
Jessica WatsonJessica Watson
18 May 1993
Explorer, Writer, Blogger, Autobiographer

Julie GoodwinJulie Goodwin
31 October 1970
Sammy JSammy J
02 July 1983

Chris ClarkChris Clark
14 March 1960
historian of the modern age, historian, university

Clementine FordClementine Ford
1981 AD

Peter CareyPeter Carey
07 May 1943
writer, novelist, screenwriter, university

Michel FaberMichel Faber
13 April 1960
Writer, Novelist, Journalist, Science fiction
Kathy LetteKathy Lette
11 November 1958

Austin StevensAustin Stevens
19 May 1950
Photographer, Writer

Michael RobothamMichael Robotham
09 November 1960
writer, novelist, journalist

Kerry GreenwoodKerry Greenwood
17 June 1954
Novelist, Playwright, Writer, Poet lawyer, Science
Stuart BeattieStuart Beattie
1972 AD
screenwriter, film director

Shaun TanShaun Tan
1974 AD
writer, children's writer, draughtsperson,
Andy GriffithsAndy Griffiths
03 September 1961
Writer, Children's writer

Helen GarnerHelen Garner
07 November 1942
Journalist, Novelist, Screenwriter

Oodgeroo NoonuccalOodgeroo Noonuccal
03 November 1920
Poet, Author, Human rights activist, Writer
Steve KilbeySteve Kilbey
13 September 1954
Poet, Painter, Singer, Singer-songwriter,

Kate MortonKate Morton
1976 AD
Miles FranklinMiles Franklin
14 October 1879

Trudi CanavanTrudi Canavan
23 October 1969
Graphic designer, Writer, Novelist, Science

Kate GrenvilleKate Grenville
14 October 1950
Sheila JeffreysSheila Jeffreys
13 May 1948
university teacher

Mary GilmoreMary Gilmore
16 August 1865
Journalist, Poet, Writer
Jennifer RoweJennifer Rowe
02 April 1948
Writer, Novelist, Children's writer

David MaloufDavid Malouf
20 March 1934
Writer, Novelist, Poet, Librettist, Playwright

Jocelyn MoorhouseJocelyn Moorhouse
04 September 1960
Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer, Writer

John MarsdenJohn Marsden
27 September 1950
writer, novelist, science fiction writer,
Les HiddinsLes Hiddins
13 August 1946
Morris WestMorris West
26 April 1916

Richard NevilleRichard Neville
16 December 1941

Max BarryMax Barry
18 March 1973
Writer, Novelist, Author, Film producer, Science

Hedley BullHedley Bull
10 June 1932
Political scientist, University teacher
David KilcullenDavid Kilcullen
1967 AD

A.D. HopeA.D. Hope
21 July 1907

Les MurrayLes Murray
17 October 1938
poet, translator, writer, literary critic

Arthur UpfieldArthur Upfield
01 September 1890

Adam Lindsay GordonAdam Lindsay Gordon
19 October 1833
Tony AttwoodTony Attwood
09 February 1952

Gilbert MurrayGilbert Murray
02 January 1866
Doris Pilkington GarimaraDoris Pilkington Garimara
01 July 1937

David ThorneDavid Thorne
23 February 1972
Angela ThirkellAngela Thirkell
30 January 1890
William WentworthWilliam Wentworth
13 August 1790