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List of the most popular authors from Australia, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries authors have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of storytelling. Whether they're known for fiction, non-fiction, poetry or even technical writing, the famous Australian authors on this list have kept that tradition alive by writing renowned works that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Australian writers, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

Authors here include everything from Donald Bradman to Gilbert Percy Whitley.

This list answers the questions, "Which famous authors are from Australia?" and "Who are the best Australian authors?"

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G. Glaskin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
The land that sleeps, A change of mind, A small selection of short stories
Gerald Glaskin was a Western Australian author.

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Louis Becke is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
Tom Gerrard, Chinkie's flat and other stories, The ebbing of the tide
George Lewis Becke was an Australian Pacific trader, short-story writer and novelist.

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Mary Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
Poems for playtime, Hound of the road, The singing tree
Dame Mary Gilmore DBE was a prominent Australian socialist poet and journalist.

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Geoffrey Dutton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
Founder of a city, Selective Affinities: New Poems, A rare bird
Geoffrey Piers Henry Dutton AO was an Australian author and historian.

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Patrick White is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
Voss, Riders in the Chariot, The Living and the Dead
Patrick Victor Martindale White was an English-born Australian writer who is widely regarded as one of the most important English-language novelists of the 20th century. From 1935 he published ...more

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Kylie Minogue is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
K, The Showgirl Princess, Kylie: La La La
Kylie Ann Minogue, OBE, often known simply as Kylie, is an Australian singer, songwriter, and actress. She achieved recognition by starring in the Australia TV soap opera Neighbours, where she ...more

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Christine Harris is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
Foreign Devil, Shivers, Bed and not much breakfast
Christine Harris is an Australian writer of children's and young-adult with works both in speculative fiction and historical fiction.

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Aravind Adiga is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
The White Tiger: A Novel, Between the Assassinations
Aravind Adiga is an Indian-Australian writer and journalist. His debut novel, The White Tiger, won the 2008 Man Booker Prize.

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David McRobbie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
Waxing with Wayne, The Wayne Dynasty, Mandragora
David McRobbie is an Australian writer of television, radio and children's literature.

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Ronald Fisher is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
The Genetical Theory of Natural Selection, Natural selection, heredity
Sir Ronald Aylmer Fisher FRS was an English statistician, evolutionary biologist, mathematician, geneticist, and eugenicist. Fisher is known as one of the chief architects of the neo-Darwinian ...more

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Saleem Ali is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
Islam and education, Mining, the environment
Dr. Prof. Saleem H. Ali is a Pakistani American scholar who is the Director of the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining at the University of Queensland Australia. He is also Adjunct ...more

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Timothy Conigrave is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
Holding the Man, Theiving Boy
Tim Conigrave was an Australian actor, writer, and activist.

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Robert Bruce is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
Energy Work
Robert Bruce is an English-born mystic author living in Australia. Bruce is best known for his studies of out of body experience, which first became public in the early 1990s through his ...more

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Ben Elton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
Popcorn, The First Casualty, Blast from the Past
Benjamin Charles "Ben" Elton is an English comedian, author, playwright, actor and director. He was a part of London's alternative comedy movement of the 1980s and became a writer on ...more

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Emma Darcy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
Wedding To Remember, Wrong Mirror, A Very Stylish Affair
Emma Darcy is the pseudonym used by the Australian husband–wife writing team of Wendy Brennan and Frank Brennan, they wrote in collaboration over 45 romance novels. In 1993, in the Emma Darcy ...more

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Nick Cave is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
The Death of Bunny Munro, And the Ass Saw the Angel, King Ink
Nicholas Edward "Nick" Cave is an Australian musician, songwriter, author, screenwriter, composer and occasional film actor. He is best known as the frontman of Nick Cave and the Bad ...more

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Errol Flynn is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
My Wicked, Wicked Ways, Showdown
Errol Leslie Thomson Flynn was an Australian-American actor. He was known for his romantic swashbuckler roles in Hollywood films and his playboy lifestyle.

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Barry Humphries is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
MY GORGEOUS LIFE, My Life as Me, Les Patterson Has a Stand Up
Barry Humphries was the nominee from 1981 British Academy Television Award for Best Light Entertainment Performance.

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Carter Brown is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
The Lover, The Temptress, Play now--kill later
Born in England, Alan Geoffrey Yates married and settled in Australia in 1948. He began his working life as a film technician, a salesman and in public relations for Qantas before taking up ...more

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Margaret Way is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
Mail Order Marriage, No Alternative, Gabriel's mission
Margaret Way is an Australian writer of romance novels and women's fiction. A prolific author, Way has written more than 120 novels, many through Mills & Boon, a romance imprint of British ...more

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J. M. Coetzee is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
Waiting for the Barbarians, Slow Man, Youth: Scenes from Provincial Life II
John Maxwell "J. M." Coetzee is a South African novelist, essayist, linguist, translator and recipient of the 2003 Nobel Prize in Literature. He relocated to Australia in 2002 and ...more

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Thomas Keneally is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
Schindler's Ark, The great shame, American Scoundrel: The Life of the Notorious Civil War General Dan Sickles
Thomas Michael Keneally, AO is an Australian novelist, playwright and author of non-fiction. He is best known for writing Schindler's Ark, the Booker Prize-winning novel of 1982 which was ...more

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Portia de Rossi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
Vegan Cooking for Carnivores
Portia Lee James DeGeneres, known professionally as Portia de Rossi, is an Australian actress, model and philanthropist, known for her roles as lawyer Nelle Porter on the television series Ally ...more

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Arthur Upfield is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
The widows of Broome, Bony buys a woman, Madman's bend
Arthur William Upfield was an English/Australian writer, best known for his works of detective fiction featuring Detective Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte of the Queensland Police Force, a ...more

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David Williamson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
The Removalists, Don's Party, The Club
David Keith Williamson, AO is one of Australia's best-known dramatists and playwrights. He has also written screenplays and teleplays.