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

Germaine Greer Germaine Greer

29 January 1939

Banjo PatersonBanjo Paterson

17 February 1864

Patrick WhitePatrick White

28 May 1912

David UnaiponDavid Unaipon

28 September 1872

Henry LawsonHenry Lawson

17 June 1867

Judith Wright Judith Wright

31 May 1915

Mem FoxMem Fox

05 March 1946

Catherine Helen Spence Catherine Helen Spence

31 October 1825

Robert HughesRobert Hughes

28 July 1938

Ada CambridgeAda Cambridge

21 November 1844

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Andrew UptonAndrew Upton

01 February 1966

Leigh WhannellLeigh Whannell

17 January 1977

Clive JamesClive James

07 October 1939

Yanis VaroufakisYanis Varoufakis

24 March 1961

Ben EltonBen Elton

03 May 1959

Liane MoriartyLiane Moriarty

15 November 1966

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Markus ZusakMarkus Zusak

23 June 1975

Lindy Chamberlain-CreightonLindy Chamberlain-Creighton

04 March 1948

Rhonda ByrneRhonda Byrne

12 March 1951

Gregory David RobertsGregory David Roberts

21 June 1952

Robyn DavidsonRobyn Davidson

06 September 1950

Matthew ReillyMatthew Reilly

02 July 1974

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Tim WintonTim Winton

04 August 1960

Breaker MorantBreaker Morant

09 December 1864

Brendan CowellBrendan Cowell

16 August 1976

Susan PowterSusan Powter

22 December 1957

Michael HallidayMichael Halliday

13 April 1925

Hamish BlakeHamish Blake

11 December 1981

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John PilgerJohn Pilger

09 October 1939

Jessica WatsonJessica Watson

18 May 1993

Peter FitzSimonsPeter FitzSimons

29 June 1961

Colleen McCulloughColleen McCullough

01 June 1937

Timothy ConigraveTimothy Conigrave

19 November 1959

Kate MortonKate Morton

1976 AD

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Thomas KeneallyThomas Keneally

07 October 1935

Garth NixGarth Nix

19 July 1963

Austin StevensAustin Stevens

19 May 1950

Toby SchmitzToby Schmitz

04 May 1977

Karl KruszelnickiKarl Kruszelnicki

20 March 1948

Sammy JSammy J

02 July 1983

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Richard FlanaganRichard Flanagan

1961 AD

Shaun TanShaun Tan

1974 AD

Steve KilbeySteve Kilbey

13 September 1954

Kerry GreenwoodKerry Greenwood

17 June 1954

Kathy LetteKathy Lette

11 November 1958

Les HiddinsLes Hiddins

13 August 1946

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Michael RobothamMichael Robotham

09 November 1960

Julie GoodwinJulie Goodwin

31 October 1970

Mary GilmoreMary Gilmore

16 August 1865

Trudi CanavanTrudi Canavan

23 October 1969

Michel FaberMichel Faber

13 April 1960

Helen GarnerHelen Garner

07 November 1942

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David MaloufDavid Malouf

20 March 1934

Sheila JeffreysSheila Jeffreys

13 May 1948

Jennifer RoweJennifer Rowe

02 April 1948

Oodgeroo NoonuccalOodgeroo Noonuccal

03 November 1920

Stuart BeattieStuart Beattie

1972 AD

H. V. EvattH. V. Evatt

30 April 1894

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David KilcullenDavid Kilcullen

1967 AD

Hedley BullHedley Bull

10 June 1932

Morris WestMorris West

26 April 1916

Jocelyn MoorhouseJocelyn Moorhouse

04 September 1960

Andy GriffithsAndy Griffiths

03 September 1961

Helen CaldicottHelen Caldicott

07 August 1938

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Tony AttwoodTony Attwood

09 February 1952

Max BarryMax Barry

18 March 1973

Pam BrownPam Brown

1948 AD

Chris ClarkChris Clark

14 March 1960

John FlanaganJohn Flanagan

22 May 1944

Paul JenningsPaul Jennings

30 April 1943

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Peter CareyPeter Carey

07 May 1943

Tom ArdenTom Arden

1961 AD

John MarsdenJohn Marsden

27 September 1950

David ThorneDavid Thorne

23 February 1972

Les MurrayLes Murray

17 October 1938

Christina Ellen SteadChristina Ellen Stead

17 July 1902