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
Writer & Journalist

Ellyse PerryEllyse Perry
03 November 1990

Germaine Greer Germaine Greer
29 January 1939

Banjo PatersonBanjo Paterson
17 February 1864

Patrick WhitePatrick White
28 May 1912
Australian Writer
David UnaiponDavid Unaipon
28 September 1872

Henry LawsonHenry Lawson
17 June 1867

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

Ada CambridgeAda Cambridge
21 November 1844
Australian-English writer
Robert HughesRobert Hughes
28 July 1938
Art Critic, Writer

Georges LeBarGeorges LeBar
24 January 1973

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

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

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

Rhonda ByrneRhonda Byrne
12 March 1951
Shannon BennettShannon Bennett
23 November 1975

James ClavellJames Clavell
10 October 1921

Liane MoriartyLiane Moriarty
15 November 1966
novelist, children's writer

Gregory David RobertsGregory David Roberts
21 June 1952
writer, novelist
John PilgerJohn Pilger
09 October 1939
War correspondent, Writer, Director, Journalist
Brendan CowellBrendan Cowell
16 August 1976

Markus ZusakMarkus Zusak
23 June 1975
Writer, Novelist, Children's writer

Hamish BlakeHamish Blake
11 December 1981
Writer, Actor

Susan PowterSusan Powter
22 December 1957
Writer, Presenter, Motivational speaker,
Breaker MorantBreaker Morant
09 December 1864

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Peter FitzSimonsPeter FitzSimons
29 June 1961
Rugby union player, Biographer

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

Karl KruszelnickiKarl Kruszelnicki
20 March 1948

Kathy LetteKathy Lette
11 November 1958
Michael HallidayMichael Halliday
13 April 1925
Linguist, Philosopher, Educationist, University

Thomas KeneallyThomas Keneally
07 October 1935
Writer, Playwright, Novelist, Actor, Author
Jocelyn MoorhouseJocelyn Moorhouse
04 September 1960
Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer, Writer

Matthew ReillyMatthew Reilly
02 July 1974
Writer, Poet lawyer

Robyn DavidsonRobyn Davidson
06 September 1950
Explorer, 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,
Jessica WatsonJessica Watson
18 May 1993
Explorer, Writer, Blogger, Autobiographer

Richard FlanaganRichard Flanagan
1961 AD
writer, journalist, film director, novelist

Timothy ConigraveTimothy Conigrave
19 November 1959

Sammy JSammy J
02 July 1983

Miles FranklinMiles Franklin
14 October 1879
Julie GoodwinJulie Goodwin
31 October 1970

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

Toby SchmitzToby Schmitz
04 May 1977

Michel FaberMichel Faber
13 April 1960
Writer, Novelist, Journalist, Science fiction
Shaun TanShaun Tan
1974 AD
writer, children's writer, draughtsperson,

Mary GilmoreMary Gilmore
16 August 1865
Journalist, Poet, Writer
Steve KilbeySteve Kilbey
13 September 1954
Poet, Painter, Singer, Singer-songwriter,

Austin StevensAustin Stevens
19 May 1950
Photographer, Writer

Kate MortonKate Morton
1976 AD
Trudi CanavanTrudi Canavan
23 October 1969
Graphic designer, Writer, Novelist, Science

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

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

H. V. EvattH. V. Evatt
30 April 1894
Politician, Diplomat, Writer, Lawyer, Judge
Les HiddinsLes Hiddins
13 August 1946

Helen GarnerHelen Garner
07 November 1942
Journalist, Novelist, Screenwriter
Jennifer RoweJennifer Rowe
02 April 1948
Writer, Novelist, Children's writer

Michael RobothamMichael Robotham
09 November 1960
writer, novelist, journalist

Helen CaldicottHelen Caldicott
07 August 1938
Physician, Autobiographer

Stuart BeattieStuart Beattie
1972 AD
screenwriter, film director
Morris WestMorris West
26 April 1916
David WilliamsonDavid Williamson
24 February 1942

David KilcullenDavid Kilcullen
1967 AD

Hedley BullHedley Bull
10 June 1932
Political scientist, University teacher

Tony AttwoodTony Attwood
09 February 1952
Max BarryMax Barry
18 March 1973
Writer, Novelist, Author, Film producer, Science

Pam BrownPam Brown
1948 AD
Writer, Poet, Performer

Andy GriffithsAndy Griffiths
03 September 1961
Writer, Children's writer

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

Cecilia Dart-ThorntonCecilia Dart-Thornton
Les MurrayLes Murray
17 October 1938
poet, translator, writer, literary critic

Chris ClarkChris Clark
14 March 1960
historian of the modern age, historian, university
John FlanaganJohn Flanagan
22 May 1944
writer, novelist, screenwriter

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

Tom ArdenTom Arden
1961 AD
writer, non-fiction writer, university teacher,
Paul JenningsPaul Jennings
30 April 1943
writer, children's writer, novelist, screenwriter

John MarsdenJohn Marsden
27 September 1950
writer, novelist, science fiction writer,
David ThorneDavid Thorne
23 February 1972

Christina Ellen SteadChristina Ellen Stead
17 July 1902