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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
G. Glaskin 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
Louis Becke 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
Mary Gilmore 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
Geoffrey Dutton 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
Patrick White 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 until his ...more

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Kylie Minogue is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
Kylie Minogue 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
Christine Harris 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
Aravind Adiga 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
David McRobbie 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
Ronald Fisher 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
Saleem Ali 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
Timothy Conigrave 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
Robert Bruce 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
Ben Elton 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
Emma Darcy 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
Nick Cave 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
Errol Flynn 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
Barry Humphries 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
Carter Brown 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
Margaret Way 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
J. M. Coetzee 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
Thomas Keneally 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
Portia de Rossi 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
Arthur Upfield 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
David Williamson 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.

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Jennifer Rowe is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
Jennifer Rowe The Shifting Sands, The Deltora Book of Monsters, The Isle of Illusion Jennifer June Rowe is an Australian author. Her crime fiction for adults is published under her own name, while her children's fiction is published under the pseudonyms Emily Rodda and Mary-Anne ...more

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Morris West is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
Morris West The naked country, The Shoes of the Fisherman, McCreary Moves In Morris Langlo West AO was an Australian novelist and playwright, best known for his novels The Devil's Advocate, The Shoes of the Fisherman and The Clowns of God. His books were published in 27 ...more

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Paul Davies is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
Paul Davies The cosmic blueprint, Synergy 3, Synergy 4 Paul Charles William Davies, AM is an English physicist, writer and broadcaster, a professor at Arizona State University as well as the Director of BEYOND: Center for Fundamental Concepts in ...more

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Robert Hughes is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
Robert Hughes The Fatal Shore, The Portable Van Gogh, Investing in Business Robert Studley Forrest Hughes AO was an Australian-born art critic, writer, and producer of television documentaries. His best seller The Fatal Shore is a study of the British penal colonies and ...more

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Jon Cleary is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
Jon Cleary Dark Summer, Winter Chill, Degrees of Connection Jon Stephen Cleary was an Australian writer and novelist. He wrote numerous books, including The Sundowners, a portrait of a rural family in the 1920s as they move from one job to the next, and ...more

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Colin Thiele is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
Colin Thiele Storm Boy, The Monster Fish, The Fire in the Stone Colin Milton Thiele AC was an Australian author and educator. He was renowned for his award-winning children's fiction, most notably the novels Storm Boy, Blue Fin, the Sun on the Stubble ...more

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Lindsay Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
Lindsay Armstrong Accidental Nanny, A Masterful Man, Playboy Lover Lindsay Armstrong is a popular South African-Australian writer of over 65 romance novels. She published her novels in Mills & Boon's since 1981. Armstrong was born and raised in South ...more

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A. Bertram Chandler is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
A. Bertram Chandler The Door Through Space / Rendezvous on a Lost World, Nebula Alert / The Rival Rigelians, Contraband From Otherspace / Reality Forbidden Arthur Bertram Chandler was a British-Australian science fiction author, writing under his own name and the pseudonyms George Whitley, George Whitely, Andrew Dunstan, and S.H.M.

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Miranda Lee is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
Miranda Lee An Outrageous Proposal, Switched at the Altar, An Australian Christmas Miranda Lee is a popular Australian writer of over 75 romance novels. She published her novels in Mills & Boon's since 1990.

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Pamela Stephenson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
Pamela Stephenson How to Be a Complete Bitch, Bravemouth Pamela Helen Stephenson Connolly is a New Zealand clinical psychologist, writer and actress who is now a resident in both the United Kingdom and United States. She is best known for her work as ...more

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Paul Jennings is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
Paul Jennings Unreal, Uncovered, Unseen Paul Jennings is a screenwriter.

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Leon Morris is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
Leon Morris 1 and 2 Thessalonians, Yirra: land, law Leon Lamb Morris was an Australian New Testament scholar. Born in Lithgow, New South Wales, Morris was ordained to the Anglican ministry in 1938. He received his Ph.D. at the University of ...more

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Rebecca St. James is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
Rebecca St. James 40 Days with God: A Devotional Journey, Sister Freaks, GOD Piano Vocal Guitar Songbook Rebecca Jean Fink, known professionally as Rebecca Jean or Rebecca St. James is an Australian Christian pop rock singer, songwriter, musician, author, and actress. She began performing in ...more

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Marion Lennox is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
Marion Lennox Prescription Pregnancy, 3 Novelas Inolvidables, Outback Husbands Marion Lennox is a popular writer of over 100 romance novels. She began publishing in 1990. She has also written romantic novels under another pseudonym, Trisha David.

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Garth Nix is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
Garth Nix Sabriel, The Keys To the Kingdom, Book 2 Garth Richard Nix is an Australian writer who specialises in children's and young adult fantasy novels, notably the Old Kingdom series, The Seventh Tower series, and The Keys to the Kingdom ...more

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Elyne Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
Elyne Mitchell The Thousandth Brumby, Moon filly, Wild Echoes Ringing Elyne Mitchell, OAM was an Australian author noted for the Silver Brumby series of children's novels. Her nonfiction works draw on family history and culture.

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Ivan Goff is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
Ivan Goff Portrait in black, White heat Ivan Goff was an Australian screenwriter, best known for his collaborations with Ben Roberts including White Heat, The Man of a Thousand Faces and the pilot for Charlie's Angels.

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Joan Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
Joan Sutherland The Autobiography of Joan Sutherland: A Prima Donna's Progress Dame Joan Alston Sutherland OM, AC, DBE was an Australian dramatic coloratura soprano noted for her contribution to the renaissance of the bel canto repertoire from the late 1950s through to the ...more

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Norman Lindsay is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
Norman Lindsay The Magic Pudding, Bohemians of the Bulletin, Miracles by arrangement Norman Alfred William Lindsay was an Australian artist, etcher, sculptor, writer, editorial cartoonist, scale modeler, and an accomplished amateur boxer. He was born in Creswick, Victoria. ...more

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John Marsden is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
John Marsden Tomorrow, When the War Began, The Dead of the Night John Marsden is an Australian writer, teacher and school principal. Marsden has had his books translated into eleven languages including Norwegian, French, German, Swedish, Dutch, Danish, ...more

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Lilian Darcy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
Lilian Darcy A Specialist's Opinion, Christmas Masquerade, Passion with a Vengeance Lilian Darcy is popular Australian writer of over 75 medical romance novels since 1981.

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Henry Lawson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
Henry Lawson The Penguin Henry Lawson short stories, The Loaded Dog, While the Billy Boils - Best-known Yarns Henry Archibald Hertzberg Lawson was an Australian writer and poet. Along with his contemporary Banjo Paterson, Lawson is among the best-known Australian poets and fiction writers of the ...more

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Peter O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
Peter O'Brien Beyond the swastika Peter O'Brien is an Australian actor, best known for his role as original cast member of Australian soap opera Neighbours, as Shane Ramsay

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Greg Egan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
Greg Egan Distress, Permutation City, Diaspora Greg Egan is an Australian science fiction writer.

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Tim Hewat is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
Tim Hewat Who made the Mabo mess, Banking on the Bendigo, The Comet riddle Timothy Edward Patterson Hewat was an Australian television producer and journalist. He has been described as the "maverick genius of Granada television's current affairs in its formative ...more