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

Germaine Greer Germaine Greer
29 January 1939

Banjo PatersonBanjo Paterson
17 February 1864

David UnaiponDavid Unaipon
28 September 1872
Henry LawsonHenry Lawson
17 June 1867

Patrick WhitePatrick White
28 May 1912
Australian 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

Robert HughesRobert Hughes
28 July 1938
Art Critic, Writer

Ada CambridgeAda Cambridge
21 November 1844
Australian-English writer

Leigh WhannellLeigh Whannell
17 January 1977
Actor, Screenwriter, Writer, Director

Clive JamesClive James
07 October 1939
Writer, Broadcaster, Literary critic
Saroo BrierleySaroo Brierley
1981 AD

Andrew UptonAndrew Upton
01 February 1966
Film director, Screenwriter, Librettist

Ben EltonBen Elton
03 May 1959
Actor, Comedian, Novelist, Writer, Screenwriter,

Lindy Chamberlain-CreightonLindy Chamberlain-Creighton
04 March 1948
Yanis VaroufakisYanis Varoufakis
24 March 1961
Economist, Politician, Professor, Non-fiction

Rhonda ByrneRhonda Byrne
12 March 1951
Silvia CollocaSilvia Colloca
23 July 1977

Gregory David RobertsGregory David Roberts
21 June 1952
writer, novelist

Liane MoriartyLiane Moriarty
15 November 1966
James ClavellJames Clavell
10 October 1921

Burnum BurnumBurnum Burnum
10 January 1936
Brendan CowellBrendan Cowell
16 August 1976

Breaker MorantBreaker Morant
09 December 1864

Markus ZusakMarkus Zusak
23 June 1975
Writer, Novelist, Children's writer
Robyn DavidsonRobyn Davidson
06 September 1950
Explorer, Writer

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Shannon BennettShannon Bennett
23 November 1975
Colleen McCulloughColleen McCullough
01 June 1937
Novelist, Writer, Neurologist, Biographer, Science

Benedict SamuelBenedict Samuel
15 April 1988

John PilgerJohn Pilger
09 October 1939
War correspondent, Writer, Director, Journalist

Susan PowterSusan Powter
22 December 1957
Writer, Presenter, Motivational speaker,
Karl KruszelnickiKarl Kruszelnicki
20 March 1948
Hamish BlakeHamish Blake
11 December 1981
Writer, Actor

Tim WintonTim Winton
04 August 1960
Writer, Screenwriter, Novelist, Children's writer

Matthew ReillyMatthew Reilly
02 July 1974
Writer, Poet lawyer

Richard FlanaganRichard Flanagan
1961 AD
writer, journalist, film director, novelist
Thomas KeneallyThomas Keneally
07 October 1935
Writer, Playwright, Novelist, Actor, Author

Peter FitzSimonsPeter FitzSimons
29 June 1961
Rugby union player, Biographer

Garth NixGarth Nix
19 July 1963
Writer, Children's writer, Author, Novelist,

Michael HallidayMichael Halliday
13 April 1925
Linguist, Philosopher, Educationist, University

Jessica WatsonJessica Watson
18 May 1993
Explorer, Writer, Blogger, Autobiographer
Sammy JSammy J
02 July 1983

Steve KilbeySteve Kilbey
13 September 1954
Poet, Painter, Singer, Singer-songwriter,
Timothy ConigraveTimothy Conigrave
19 November 1959

Kerry GreenwoodKerry Greenwood
17 June 1954
Novelist, Playwright, Writer, Poet lawyer, Science

Kathy LetteKathy Lette
11 November 1958
Helen GarnerHelen Garner
07 November 1942
Journalist, Novelist, Screenwriter

Toby SchmitzToby Schmitz
04 May 1977
Austin StevensAustin Stevens
19 May 1950
Photographer, Writer

Shaun TanShaun Tan
1974 AD
writer, children's writer, draughtsperson,

Kate MortonKate Morton
1976 AD

Michel FaberMichel Faber
13 April 1960
Writer, Novelist, Journalist, Science fiction

Oodgeroo NoonuccalOodgeroo Noonuccal
03 November 1920
Poet, Author, Human rights activist, Writer
Sheila JeffreysSheila Jeffreys
13 May 1948
university teacher

Miles FranklinMiles Franklin
14 October 1879

Julie GoodwinJulie Goodwin
31 October 1970

Trudi CanavanTrudi Canavan
23 October 1969
Graphic designer, Writer, Novelist, Science
Mary GilmoreMary Gilmore
16 August 1865
Journalist, Poet, Writer

David MaloufDavid Malouf
20 March 1934
Writer, Novelist, Poet, Librettist, Playwright
Michael RobothamMichael Robotham
09 November 1960
writer, novelist, journalist

H. V. EvattH. V. Evatt
30 April 1894
Politician, Diplomat, Writer, Lawyer, Judge

Les HiddinsLes Hiddins
13 August 1946
Jennifer RoweJennifer Rowe
02 April 1948
Writer, Novelist, Children's writer

Jocelyn MoorhouseJocelyn Moorhouse
04 September 1960
Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer, Writer
Stuart BeattieStuart Beattie
1972 AD
screenwriter, film director

Helen CaldicottHelen Caldicott
07 August 1938
Physician, Autobiographer

Morris WestMorris West
26 April 1916
Hedley BullHedley Bull
10 June 1932
Political scientist, University teacher

David KilcullenDavid Kilcullen
1967 AD
David WilliamsonDavid Williamson
24 February 1942

Gilbert MurrayGilbert Murray
02 January 1866

Tony AttwoodTony Attwood
09 February 1952

Max BarryMax Barry
18 March 1973
Writer, Novelist, Author, Film producer, Science
Arthur UpfieldArthur Upfield
01 September 1890
Mary Augusta WardMary Augusta Ward
11 June 1851

Kate GrenvilleKate Grenville
14 October 1950

Doris Pilkington GarimaraDoris Pilkington Garimara
01 July 1937

Adam Lindsay GordonAdam Lindsay Gordon
19 October 1833
Angela ThirkellAngela Thirkell
30 January 1890

Ruth ParkRuth Park
24 August 1917

Henry Handel RichardsonHenry Handel Richardson
03 January 1870

Marcus ClarkeMarcus Clarke
24 April 1846

Katharine Susannah PrichardKatharine Susannah Prichard
04 December 1883
Elizabeth JolleyElizabeth Jolley
04 June 1923
Australian author

Pam BrownPam Brown
1948 AD
Writer, Poet, Performer
Xavier HerbertXavier Herbert
15 May 1901

Andy GriffithsAndy Griffiths
03 September 1961
Writer, Children's writer
Cecilia Dart-ThorntonCecilia Dart-Thornton
A.D. HopeA.D. Hope
21 July 1907