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Famous Authors from Australia

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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?"

For further information on these historic Australian authors, click on their names. If you're a bookworm then use this list of celebrated Australian authors to discover some new books that you will enjoy reading.
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    G. Glaskin

    The land that sleeps, A change of mind

    BirthplacePerth, Australia



    Gerald Glaskin was a Western Australian author.Amazon buy button
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    Louis Becke

    Tom Gerrard, Chinkie's flat and other stories

    BirthplacePort Macquarie, Australia



    George Lewis Becke was an Australian Pacific trader, short-story writer and novelist.Amazon buy button
  • Mary Gilmore3

    Mary Gilmore

    Poems for playtime, Hound of the road

    BirthplaceGoulburn, Australia



    Dame Mary Gilmore DBE was a prominent Australian socialist poet and journalist.Amazon buy button
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    Geoffrey Dutton

    Founder of a city, Selective Affinities: New Poems

    BirthplaceKapunda, Australia



    Geoffrey Piers Henry Dutton AO was an Australian author and historian.Amazon buy button
  • Patrick White5

    Patrick White

    Voss, Riders in the Chariot

    BirthplaceKnightsbridge, Eurasia, United Kingdom


    NationalityUnited Kingdom, Australia

    Patrick Victor Martindale White (28 May 1912 – 30 September 1990) was an Australian writer... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Kylie Minogue6

    Kylie Minogue

    K, The Showgirl Princess

    BirthplaceMelbourne, Australia



    Kylie Ann Minogue, (; born 28 May 1968), also known mononymously as Kylie, is an Australian... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Christine Harris

    Foreign Devil, Shivers

    BirthplaceMile End, Australia



    Christine Harris is an Australian writer of children's and young-adult with works both in... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Aravind Adiga8

    Aravind Adiga

    The White Tiger: A Novel, Between the Assassinations

    BirthplaceChennai, India


    NationalityIndia, Australia

    Aravind Adiga (born 23 October 1974) is an Indo-Australian writer and journalist. His debut... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    David McRobbie

    Waxing with Wayne, The Wayne Dynasty

    BirthplaceGlasgow, United Kingdom



    David McRobbie is an Australian writer of television, radio and children's literature.Amazon buy button
  • Ronald Fisher10

    Ronald Fisher

    The Genetical Theory of Natural Selection, Natural selection

    BirthplaceEast Finchley, London, United Kingdom


    NationalityUnited Kingdom, Australia

    Sir Ronald Aylmer Fisher (17 February 1890 – 29 July 1962) was a British statistician and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Saleem Ali11

    Saleem Ali

    Islam and education, Mining

    BirthplaceNew Bedford, Massachusetts


    NationalityPakistan, United States of America, Australia

    Saleem or Salim Ali may refer to: Saleem Ali (politician) (died 2007), Maldivian... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Timothy Conigrave12

    Timothy Conigrave

    Holding the Man, Theiving Boy

    BirthplaceMelbourne, Australia



    Tim Conigrave (19 November 1959 – 18 October 1994) was an Australian actor, writer, and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Robert Bruce13

    Robert Bruce

    Energy Work



    Robert Bruce is an English-born mystic author living in Australia. Bruce is best known for his... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Ben Elton14

    Ben Elton

    Popcorn, The First Casualty

    BirthplaceCatford, London, United Kingdom


    NationalityEngland, Australia

    Benjamin Charles Elton (born 3 May 1959) is a British-Australian comedian, author, playwright,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    #78 of 173 The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time#30 of 148 140+ Notable Atheists

  • Emma Darcy15

    Emma Darcy

    Wedding To Remember, Wrong Mirror



    Emma Darcy is the pseudonym used by the Australian husband–wife writing team of Wendy Brennan... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Nick Cave16

    Nick Cave

    The Death of Bunny Munro, And the Ass Saw the Angel

    BirthplaceWarracknabeal, Australia



    Nicholas Edward Cave (born 22 September 1957) is an Australian musician, singer-songwriter,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Errol Flynn17

    Errol Flynn

    My Wicked, Wicked Ways

    BirthplaceHobart, Australia


    NationalityUnited States of America, United Kingdom, Australia

    Errol Leslie Thomson Flynn (20 June 1909 – 14 October 1959) was an Australian-born American... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Barry Humphries18

    Barry Humphries

    MY GORGEOUS LIFE, My Life as Me

    BirthplaceKew Vic, Australia



    John Barry Humphries, (born 17 February 1934) is an Australian comedian, actor, satirist,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Carter Brown

    The Lover, The Temptress

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom



    Carter Brown was the literary pseudonym of Alan Geoffrey Yates (1 August 1923 – 5 May 1985),... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Margaret Way

    Mail Order Marriage, No Alternative

    BirthplaceBrisbane, Australia


    Margaret Way is an Australian writer of romance novels and women's fiction. A prolific author,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • J. M. Coetzee21

    J. M. Coetzee

    Waiting for the Barbarians, Slow Man

    BirthplaceCape Town, South Africa


    NationalityAustralia, South Africa

    John Maxwell Coetzee () (born 9 February 1940) is a South African-born novelist, essayist,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Thomas Keneally

    Schindler's Ark, The great shame

    BirthplaceSydney, Australia



    Thomas Michael Keneally, AO (born 7 October 1935) is a prolific Australian novelist,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Portia de Rossi23

    Portia de Rossi

    Vegan Cooking for Carnivores

    BirthplaceHorsham, Australia



    Portia Lee James DeGeneres (born 31 January 1973), known professionally as Portia de Rossi, is... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Arthur Upfield

    The widows of Broome, Bony buys a woman

    BirthplaceGosport, United Kingdom



    Arthur William Upfield (1 September 1890 – 12 February 1964) was an English/Australian writer,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    David Williamson

    The Removalists, Don's Party

    BirthplaceMelbourne, Australia



    David Keith Williamson, AO (born 24 February 1942) is an Australian dramatist and playwright.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button