It was hard to pick just one. I really like Andrew McGahan, John Birmingham, Trent Jamieson, Elizabeth Jolley and Terry Dowling, to name just a few. However, my favourite has to be Sean Williams (pictured). My favourite books of his would be the Ressurected Man.
Peter Carey is one of my favourite authors in general, and I'd definitely say he's my favourite Australian author. I've never read a book or short story of his that I didn't like.
One of my favourite books by an Australian author is A Fraction of the Whole by Steve Toltz, but I'm not sure if he's written anything else. I wish he would write some more, I'd love to see if they are as good as his first!
Admittedly, I know few Aussie writers but I am a fan of one author in particular. Rosemary Fryth. After I released my first novella last year, I started joining some facebook groups dedicated to readers and writers. I found Rosemary through one of these group, and I really liked her style. There were certainly more than a few expressions I didn't get, but I chalk that up to not being Aussie. I expect most anyone in Australia who is into fantasy fiction will dig her work.
Choosing just one is difficult, the best I can do is narrow down a list: Kate Morton, Margo Lanagan, John Marsden, Kate Forsyth and Ruth Park (the last for my abiding love for Playing Beatie Bow).
Australia is full of amazing writing talent!
You can ACTUALLY visualise her stories' as you read!
Her manner of writing is just so 'clear'. Here's hoping any of her books will be 'picked-up' for screen rights!
I dislike Peter Carey outright, after he said some really derogatory things about Australia, hence I don't read his books.
Tried to read Tim Winton's 'The Riders' & couldn't get past the first chapter! Very confusing writing & plot.
My favourite is Matthew Reilly. Love is books; full of action from go to whoa leaving the reader feeling that they had actually been on the journey and now are home for a rest. Keep up the good work Matthew.