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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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Clive James is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Novelists from Australia
age 79
Clive James AO CBE is an Australian-British author, critic, broadcaster, poet, translator and memoirist, best known for his autobiographical series Unreliable Memoirs, for his chat shows and ...more
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Nick Cave is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Novelists from Australia
age 61
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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Christos Tsiolkas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Novelists from Australia
age 54
Christos Tsiolkas is an Australian author of Greek heritage.
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Dorothy Hewett is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Novelists from Australia
Dec. at 79 (1923-2002)
Dorothy Coade Hewett was an Australian feminist poet, novelist and playwright. She was also a member of the Communist Party of Australia, though she clashed on many occasions with the party's ...more
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Louis Becke is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Novelists from Australia
Louis Becke Dec. at 58 (1855-1913)
George Lewis Becke was an Australian Pacific trader, short-story writer and novelist.
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John Kinsella is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Novelists from Australia
age 56
John Kinsella 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 to ...more
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Kathy Lette is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Novelists from Australia
age 60
Kathy Lette is an Australian-British author who has written a number of bestselling books. She resides in the London Borough of Camden.
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Posie Graeme-Evans is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Novelists from Australia
age 67
Posie Graeme-Evans is an Australian novelist, television and film producer, editor, screenwriter and director, best known for her children's programs and adult dramas. She has created many ...more
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Apostolos Doxiadis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Novelists from Australia
age 65
Apostolos K. Doxiadis is a Greek writer. He is best known for his international bestsellers Uncle Petros and Goldbach's Conjecture and Logicomix.
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Patrick White is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Novelists from Australia
Dec. at 78 (1912-1990)
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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Jill Ker Conway is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Novelists from Australia
age 84
Jill Ker Conway, AC is an Australian-American author. Well known for her autobiographies, in particular her first memoir, The Road from Coorain. She was also Smith College's first woman ...more
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Colin Thiele is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Novelists from Australia
Dec. at 86 (1920-2006)
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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Gabrielle Carey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Novelists from Australia
age 60
Gabrielle Carey 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 Australia that was ...more
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J. M. Coetzee is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Novelists from Australia
age 79
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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Kylie Tennant is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Novelists from Australia
Dec. at 76 (1912-1988)
Kathleen Kylie Tennant AO was an Australian novelist, playwright, short-story writer, critic, biographer and historian.
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Geraldine Brooks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Novelists from Australia
age 60
Geraldine Brooks is an Australian American journalist and author whose 2005 novel, March, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. While retaining her Australian passport, she became an United States ...more
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Greg Egan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Novelists from Australia
age 57
Greg Egan is an Australian science fiction writer.
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Joanna Murray-Smith is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Novelists from Australia
age 56
Joanna Murray-Smith is a Melbourne based Australian playwright, screenwriter, novelist, librettist and newspaper columnist.
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Larissa Behrendt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Novelists from Australia
age 49
Larissa Yasmin Behrendt is an Australian academic and writer. She is currently a Professor of Indigenous Research and Director of Research at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at the ...more
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Kate Grenville is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Novelists from Australia
age 68
Dr Kate Grenville FAAH is one of Australia's best-known authors. She has published nine novels, a collection of short stories, and four books about the writing process. Her books have been ...more
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Shaun Tan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Novelists from Australia
age 45
Shaun Tan 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. Beside The ...more
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Carter Brown is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Novelists from Australia
Dec. at 62 (1923-1985)
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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Jennifer Rowe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Novelists from Australia
age 70
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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Helen Garner is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Novelists from Australia
age 76
Helen Garner is an Australian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist. Garner's first novel, Monkey Grip, was published in 1977, and immediately established her as an original ...more
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David Malouf is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Novelists from Australia
age 84
David George Joseph Malouf is an Australian writer. He was awarded the Neustadt International Prize for Literature in 2000, his 1993 novel Remembering Babylon won the International IMPAC Dublin ...more