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
Model
P. L. TraversP. L. Travers
09 August 1899
Writer

Tim MinchinTim Minchin
07 October 1975
Comedian

Germaine Greer Germaine Greer
29 January 1939
Writer

Ellyse PerryEllyse Perry
03 November 1990
Sportswoman

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

Patrick WhitePatrick White
28 May 1912
Australian Writer

Henry LawsonHenry Lawson
17 June 1867
Writer
Judith Wright Judith Wright
31 May 1915
Poet, Environmentalist, Campaigner for Aboriginal

Mem FoxMem Fox
05 March 1946
Writer
Catherine Helen Spence Catherine Helen Spence
31 October 1825
Author, Journalist & Politician

Georges LeBarGeorges LeBar
24 January 1973
Author

Ada CambridgeAda Cambridge
21 November 1844
Australian-English writer

Robert HughesRobert Hughes
28 July 1938
Art Critic, Writer

Andrew UptonAndrew Upton
01 February 1966
Film director, Screenwriter, Librettist
Saroo BrierleySaroo Brierley
1981 AD
Writer

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

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
Screenwriter

Clementine FordClementine Ford
1981 AD
Writer
Ben EltonBen Elton
03 May 1959
Actor, Comedian, Novelist, Writer, Screenwriter,

Silvia CollocaSilvia Colloca
23 July 1977
Actress

Clive JamesClive James
07 October 1939
Writer, Broadcaster, Literary critic
Gregory David RobertsGregory David Roberts
21 June 1952
writer, novelist

James ClavellJames Clavell
10 October 1921
Novelist
Karl KruszelnickiKarl Kruszelnicki
20 March 1948
Author

Liane MoriartyLiane Moriarty
15 November 1966
Writer

Hamish BlakeHamish Blake
11 December 1981
Writer, Actor
Breaker MorantBreaker Morant
09 December 1864
Writer

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Shannon BennettShannon Bennett
23 November 1975
Chef
Susan PowterSusan Powter
22 December 1957
Writer, Presenter, Motivational speaker,

Brendan CowellBrendan Cowell
16 August 1976
Actor

Robyn DavidsonRobyn Davidson
06 September 1950
Explorer, Writer

John PilgerJohn Pilger
09 October 1939
War correspondent, Writer, Director, Journalist
Markus ZusakMarkus Zusak
23 June 1975
Writer, Novelist, Children's writer
Michael RobothamMichael Robotham
09 November 1960
writer, novelist, journalist

Toby SchmitzToby Schmitz
04 May 1977
Actor

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

Peter FitzSimonsPeter FitzSimons
29 June 1961
Rugby union player, Biographer
Julie GoodwinJulie Goodwin
31 October 1970
Writer

Benedict SamuelBenedict Samuel
15 April 1988
Actor

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

MarkMark
17 November 1954
Criminal

Timothy ConigraveTimothy Conigrave
19 November 1959
actor,writer
Tim WintonTim Winton
04 August 1960
Writer, Screenwriter, Novelist, Children's writer

Garth NixGarth Nix
19 July 1963
Writer, Children's writer, Author, Novelist,
Matthew ReillyMatthew Reilly
02 July 1974
Writer, Poet lawyer

Jessica WatsonJessica Watson
18 May 1993
Explorer, Writer, Blogger, Autobiographer

Kathy LetteKathy Lette
11 November 1958
Novelist
Kerry GreenwoodKerry Greenwood
17 June 1954
Novelist, Playwright, Writer, Poet lawyer, Science

Oodgeroo NoonuccalOodgeroo Noonuccal
03 November 1920
Poet, Author, Human rights activist, Writer
Michael HallidayMichael Halliday
13 April 1925
Linguist, Philosopher, Educationist, University

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

Austin StevensAustin Stevens
19 May 1950
Photographer, Writer

Miles FranklinMiles Franklin
14 October 1879
Writer

Richard FlanaganRichard Flanagan
1961 AD
writer, journalist, film director, novelist
Sammy JSammy J
02 July 1983
Writer

Kate MortonKate Morton
1976 AD
writer

Steve KilbeySteve Kilbey
13 September 1954
Poet, Painter, Singer, Singer-songwriter,

Trudi CanavanTrudi Canavan
23 October 1969
Graphic designer, Writer, Novelist, Science
Helen GarnerHelen Garner
07 November 1942
Journalist, Novelist, Screenwriter

Michel FaberMichel Faber
13 April 1960
Writer, Novelist, Journalist, Science fiction
Sheila JeffreysSheila Jeffreys
13 May 1948
university teacher

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

Jennifer RoweJennifer Rowe
02 April 1948
Writer, Novelist, Children's writer
David KilcullenDavid Kilcullen
1967 AD
writer

Les HiddinsLes Hiddins
13 August 1946
Writer
Jocelyn MoorhouseJocelyn Moorhouse
04 September 1960
Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer, Writer

Mary GilmoreMary Gilmore
16 August 1865
Journalist, Poet, Writer

Kate GrenvilleKate Grenville
14 October 1950
Author
Arthur UpfieldArthur Upfield
01 September 1890
Writer

Stuart BeattieStuart Beattie
1972 AD
screenwriter, film director
William WentworthWilliam Wentworth
13 August 1790
Journalist

Morris WestMorris West
26 April 1916
Writer

Gilbert MurrayGilbert Murray
02 January 1866
Scholar

David WilliamsonDavid Williamson
24 February 1942
Playwright
Doris Pilkington GarimaraDoris Pilkington Garimara
01 July 1937
Author
Adam Lindsay GordonAdam Lindsay Gordon
19 October 1833
Poet

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

Tony AttwoodTony Attwood
09 February 1952
Psychologist

Helen CaldicottHelen Caldicott
07 August 1938
Physician, Autobiographer
Angela ThirkellAngela Thirkell
30 January 1890
Novelist

Hedley BullHedley Bull
10 June 1932
Political scientist, University teacher

Mary Augusta WardMary Augusta Ward
11 June 1851
Novelist

Burnum BurnumBurnum Burnum
10 January 1936
Activist

Dorothy HewettDorothy Hewett
21 May 1923
Poet
Ruth ParkRuth Park
24 August 1917
Author

Christina Ellen SteadChristina Stead
17 July 1902
Novelist
Charles Gavan DuffyCharles Gavan Duffy
12 April 1816
Journalist

Colin ThieleColin Thiele
16 November 1920
Author
Marcus ClarkeMarcus Clarke
24 April 1846
Novelist
Henry Handel RichardsonHenry Handel Richardson
03 January 1870
Author