Famous Australian Writers

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.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 P. L. Travers

P. L. Travers
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 9, 1899
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Australian, British
Died: April 23, 1996

Australian-British author and Shakespearean actor Pamela Lyndon Travers, known by her pseudonym, P. L. Travers, soared to fame with her Mary Poppins series of children's books. Disney later bought the rights to her Mary Poppins series and released a film version. It was later made into a Broadway play, too.

 2 Saroo Brierley

Saroo Brierley
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Famous As: Businessman, Author
Birthdate: May 22, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Australian

Indian-born Australian entrepreneur and author Saroo Brierley was separated from his mother at 5, when he accidentally boarded a train to Howrah station from Burhanpur. He ended up being adopted by an Australian couple. He later found his mother via Google Earth. His autobiography was adapted into the film Lion.

 3 Jim Jefferies

Jim Jefferies
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Famous As: Stand-up comedian
Birthdate: February 14, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Australian, American

 4 Tim Minchin

Tim Minchin
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: October 7, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Australian, British

Tim Minchin is an Australian musician, comedian, writer, actor, and songwriter. He is best known for combining music and comedy in his shows, which have been received well by the audience. Tim Minchin is also known for writing lyrics and composing the critically acclaimed show, Matilda the Musical, which won several awards including Tony Award and an Olivier Award.

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 5 Andrew Upton

Andrew Upton
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter, Librettist
Birthdate: February 1, 1966
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Australian

 6 Leigh Whannell

Leigh Whannell
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Famous As: Actor, Screenwriter, Writer, Director
Birthdate: January 17, 1977
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Australian
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 7 Germaine Greer

Germaine Greer
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: January 29, 1939
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Australian

Australian author and feminist Germaine Greer made headlines with her first book, The Female Eunuch, which focused on female sexuality. Greer’s career boasts of a PhD in literature, and she has also taught at the University of Warwick and other institutes. She was later named an Australian National Living Treasure.

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 8 Mark Brandon Read

Mark Brandon Read
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: November 17, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Australian
Died: October 9, 2013
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 9 Clive James

Clive James
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Famous As: Writer, Broadcaster, Literary critic
Birthdate: October 7, 1939
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Australian

 10 Ellyse Perry

Ellyse Perry
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Famous As: Sportswoman
Birthdate: November 3, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Australian
Ellyse Perry has represented Australia in both cricket and soccer. She became the youngest Australian sportsperson to play international cricket and the first to appear in both the FIFA and ICC World Cups. She later drifted to cricket and set records for the highest Test score by an Australian female.

 11 Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton

Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton
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Birthdate: March 4, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Australian, New Zealander

 12 Liane Moriarty

Liane Moriarty
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 15, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Australian

 13 Shannon Bennett

Shannon Bennett
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: November 23, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Australian

 14 Silvia Colloca

Silvia Colloca
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 23, 1977
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Australian, Italian

 15 Robyn Davidson

Robyn Davidson
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Famous As: Explorer, Writer
Birthdate: September 6, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Australian

 16 Rhonda Byrne

Rhonda Byrne
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Famous As: Screenwriter
Birthdate: March 12, 1951
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Australian

 17 Gregory David Roberts

Gregory David Roberts
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Famous As: writer, novelist
Birthdate: June 21, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Australian

 18 Benedict Samuel

Benedict Samuel
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 15, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Australian

 19 James Clavell

James Clavell
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: October 10, 1921
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Australian
Died: September 7, 1994

 20 Markus Zusak

Markus Zusak
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Famous As: Writer, Novelist, Children's writer
Birthdate: June 23, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Australian

 21 John Pilger

John Pilger
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Famous As: War correspondent, Writer, Director, Journalist
Birthdate: October 9, 1939
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Australian

 22 Brendan Cowell

Brendan Cowell
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 16, 1976
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Australian

 23 Hamish Blake

Hamish Blake
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Famous As: Writer, Actor
Birthdate: December 11, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Australian

 24 Burnum Burnum

Burnum Burnum
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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: January 10, 1936
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Australian
Died: August 18, 1997

 25 Breaker Morant

Breaker Morant
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: December 9, 1864
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Australian
Died: February 27, 1902

 26 Toby Schmitz

Toby Schmitz
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 4, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Australian

 27 Tim Winton

Tim Winton
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Famous As: Writer, Screenwriter, Novelist, Children's writer
Birthdate: August 4, 1960
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Australian

 28 Peter FitzSimons

Peter FitzSimons
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Famous As: Rugby union player, Biographer
Birthdate: June 29, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Australian

 29 Matthew Reilly

Matthew Reilly
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Famous As: Writer, Poet lawyer
Birthdate: July 2, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Australian

 30 Colleen McCullough

Colleen McCullough
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Famous As: Novelist, Writer, Neurologist, Biographer, Science fiction writer
Birthdate: June 1, 1937
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Australian
Died: January 29, 2015

 31 Michael Halliday

Michael Halliday
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Famous As: Linguist
Birthdate: April 13, 1925
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Australian, British
Died: April 15, 2018

 32 David Unaipon

David Unaipon
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Famous As: Preacher
Birthdate: September 28, 1872
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Australian
Died: February 7, 1967

David Unaipon was an Aboriginal Australian preacher, author, and inventor. He is best remembered for his significant contribution to Australian society, which helped break several stereotypes about Aboriginal Australians. Apart from establishing a couple of awards in his honor, the Australian government has also featured Unaipon on the Australian fifty-dollar note.

 33 Jessica Watson

Jessica Watson
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Famous As: Explorer, Writer, Blogger, Autobiographer
Birthdate: May 18, 1993
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Australian, New Zealander

 34 Timothy Conigrave

Timothy Conigrave
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Famous As: actor,writer
Birthdate: November 19, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Australian
Died: October 18, 1994

 35 Patrick White

Patrick White
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Famous As: Australian Writer
Birthdate: May 28, 1912
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Australian
Died: September 30, 1990

Patrick White was an Australian writer whose fictional works incorporated stream of consciousness techniques, shifting narrative vantage points, florid prose, and humor. In 1973, he became the first Australian to receive the prestigious Nobel Prize in Literature. Over the course of his illustrious career, White published 12 novels, eight plays, and three short-story collections.

 36 Thomas Keneally

Thomas Keneally
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Famous As: Writer, Playwright, Novelist, Actor, Author
Birthdate: October 7, 1935
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Australian

 37 Karl Kruszelnicki

Karl Kruszelnicki
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: March 20, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Australian

 38 Henry Lawson

Henry Lawson
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 17, 1867
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Australian
Died: September 2, 1922

Henry Lawson was an Australian bush poet and writer. Often referred to as Australia's greatest short story writer, Lawson is one of the best-known Australian fiction writers and poets of the colonial period. Also a nationalist, Henry Lawson contributed immensely to a popular Australian magazine named The Bulletin. In 1949, he was featured in an Australian postage stamp.

 39 Clementine Ford

Clementine Ford
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: 1981 AD
Nationality: Australian

 40 Garth Nix

Garth Nix
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Famous As: Writer, Children's writer, Author, Novelist, Science fiction writer
Birthdate: July 19, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Australian

 41 Kathy Lette

Kathy Lette
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: November 11, 1958
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Australian

 42 John Flanagan

John Flanagan
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Famous As: writer, novelist, screenwriter
Birthdate: May 22, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Australian

 43 Richard Flanagan

Richard Flanagan
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Famous As: writer, journalist, film director, novelist
Birthdate: 1961 AD
Nationality: Australian

 44 Robert Hughes

Robert Hughes
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Famous As: Art Critic, Writer
Birthdate: July 28, 1938
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Australian
Died: August 6, 2012

 45 Kerry Greenwood

Kerry Greenwood
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Famous As: Novelist, Playwright, Writer, Poet lawyer, Science fiction writer, Children's writer
Birthdate: June 17, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Australian

 46 Peter Carey

Peter Carey
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Famous As: writer, novelist, screenwriter, university teacher, children's writer
Birthdate: May 7, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Australian

 47 Greg Egan

Gregory Kenneth Egan
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 20, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Australian

 48 Julie Goodwin

Julie Goodwin
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 31, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Australian

 49 Kate Morton

Kate Morton
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Famous As: writer
Birthdate: 1976 AD
Nationality: Australian

 50 Shaun Tan

Shaun Tan
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Famous As: writer, children's writer, draughtsperson, illustrator
Birthdate: 1974 AD
Nationality: Australian