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Famous Novelists from Australia

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List of notable or famous novelists from Australia, with bios and photos, including the top novelists born in Australia and even some popular novelists who immigrated to Australia. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Australian novelists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These novelists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known novelist from Australia is included when available.

List is made up of many different people, including Nick Cave and Clive James.

This historic novelists from Australia list can help answer the questions "Who are some Australian novelists of note?" and "Who are the most famous novelists from Australia?" These prominent novelists of Australia may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Australian novelists.

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    BirthplaceKogarah, Australia

    Clive James (born 7 October 1939) is an Australian author, critic, broadcaster, poet, translator and memoirist. He has lived and worked in the United Kingdom since 1962....  more
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    Nick Cave

    Age: 63

    BirthplaceWarracknabeal, Australia

    Nicholas Edward Cave (born 22 September 1957) is an Australian musician, singer-songwriter, author, screenwriter, composer and occasional actor, best known for fronting the rock band Nick Cave and...  more

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  • 3

    BirthplaceMelbourne, Australia

    Christos Tsiolkas (born 1965) is an Australian author....  more
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    Dorothy Hewett

    Dec. at 79 (1923-2002)

    BirthplacePerth, Australia

    Dorothy Coade Hewett (21 May 1923 – 25 August 2002) was an Australian feminist poet, novelist and playwright. She has been called "one of Australia's best-loved and most respected writers". She was...  more
  • 5

    Louis Becke

    Dec. at 58 (1855-1913)
    George Lewis Becke was an Australian Pacific trader, short-story writer and novelist....  more
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    BirthplacePerth, Australia

    John Kinsella (born 1963) is an Australian poet, novelist, critic, essayist and editor. His writing is strongly influenced by landscape, and he espouses an 'international regionalism' in his approach...  more
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    BirthplaceSydney, Australia

    Kathryn Marie Lette (born 11 November 1958) is an Australian-British author who has written a number of bestselling books. She resides in the London Borough of Camden....  more
  • 8

    BirthplaceNottingham, United Kingdom

    Posie Graeme-Evans is an Australian novelist, television and film producer, editor, screenwriter and director. She is best known as the creator and showrunner of McLeod's Daughters, the co-creator...  more
  • 9

    BirthplaceBrisbane, Australia

    Apostolos K. Doxiadis (Greek: Απόστολος Κ. Δοξιάδης; born 1953) is a Greek writer. He is best known for his international bestsellers Uncle Petros and Goldbach's Conjecture (2000) and Logicomix...  more
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    Patrick White

    Dec. at 78 (1912-1990)

    BirthplaceKnightsbridge, United Kingdom

    Patrick Victor Martindale White (28 May 1912 – 30 September 1990) was an Australian writer who, from 1935 to 1987, published 12 novels, three short-story collections and eight plays. White's fiction...  more

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    BirthplaceHillston, Australia

    Jill Ker Conway (9 October 1934 – 1 June 2018) was an Australian-American scholar and author. Well known for her autobiographies, in particular her first memoir, The Road from Coorain, she also was...  more
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    Colin Thiele

    Dec. at 85 (1920-2006)

    BirthplaceEudunda, Australia

    Colin Milton Thiele AC (; 16 November 1920 – 4 September 2006) was an Australian author and educator. He was renowned for his award-winning children's fiction, most notably the novels Storm Boy, Blue...  more
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    BirthplaceDVD Region 4, New South Wales, Oceania, Australasia, Sydney

    Gabrielle Carey (born 10 January 1959) is an Australian writer noted for the teen novel, Puberty Blues, which she co-wrote with Kathy Lette. This novel was the first teenage novel published in...  more
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    BirthplaceCape Town, South Africa

    John Maxwell Coetzee () (born 9 February 1940) is a South African-born novelist, essayist, linguist, translator and recipient of the 2003 Nobel Prize in Literature. He has also won the Booker Prize...  more

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    Kylie Tennant

    Dec. at 75 (1912-1988)

    BirthplaceNew South Wales, Australasia, Manly, Australia

    Kathleen Kylie Tennant AO (; 12 March 1912 – 28 February 1988) was an Australian novelist, playwright, short-story writer, critic, biographer and historian....  more
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    BirthplaceSydney, Australia

    Geraldine Brooks (born 14 September 1955) is an Australian American journalist and novelist whose 2005 novel March won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction....  more
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    Greg Egan

    Age: 59

    BirthplacePerth, Australia

    Greg Egan (born 20 August 1961) is an Australian science fiction writer and amateur mathematician, best known for his works of hard science fiction. Egan has won multiple awards including the John...  more
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    BirthplaceMount Eliza, Australia

    Joanna Murray-Smith (born 17 April 1962) is a Melbourne based Australian playwright, screenwriter, novelist, librettist and newspaper columnist....  more
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    Larissa Yasmin Behrendt (born 1 April 1969) is a Eualeyai/Kamillaroi woman, Aboriginal Australian legal academic plus writer . She is currently a Professor of Indigenous Research and Director of...  more
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    BirthplaceSydney, Australia

    Catherine Elizabeth Grenville (born 14 October 1950) is an Australian author. She has published fifteen books, including fiction, non-fiction, biography, and books about the writing process. In...  more
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    Shaun Tan

    Age: 47

    BirthplaceFremantle, Australasia, Western Australia, Australia

    Shaun Tan (born 1974) is an Australian artist, writer and film maker. He won an Academy Award for The Lost Thing, a 2011 animated film adaptation of a 2000 picture book he wrote and illustrated....  more
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    Carter Brown

    Dec. at 61 (1923-1985)

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Carter Brown was the literary pseudonym of Alan Geoffrey Yates (1 August 1923 – 5 May 1985), an English-born Australian writer of detective fiction....  more
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    BirthplaceSydney, Australia

    Jennifer June Rowe, (born 2 April 1948) 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...  more
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    BirthplaceGeelong, Australia

    Helen Garner (née Ford, born 7 November 1942) is an Australian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist. Garner's first novel, Monkey Grip, published in 1977, immediately...  more
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    BirthplaceBrisbane, Australia

    David George Joseph Malouf (born 20 March 1934) is an Australian writer. He was awarded the Neustadt International Prize for Literature in 2000, his 1993 novel Remembering Babylon won the...  more