The best writers in Australia have always had a certain appeal to people.
There are, after all, a number of different kinds of authors in the country, with a range of different skill sets.
But with the rise of streaming, authors are getting the same level of attention from the internet.
And with more people coming to Australia through streaming services, the appeal of writers is also growing.
Writers’ Digest: Best Australian writers 2016 The top 100 most-read authors in Australia are: John Green (The Fault in Our Stars), Emily Blunt (Blunt), Julia Stiles (Blonde), Caitlin Moran (Grey’s Anatomy), Sarah Millican (Blond), Julia McKenzie (Birdsong), Anne Murray (Caitlin Moran), Lalla Ward (The Night Manager), Helen Sloan (The Knick) There are more than 30 Australian writers working in different fields, from drama to film, literature to comics, and more.
But the list is not just a list of the best Australian writers, it’s also a list that includes some of the world’s most successful authors.
Here are the top 100 Australian writers of the year.1.
John Green, The Fault in our Stars (Fargo)The author of the acclaimed novels The Fault In Our Stars, The Last Unicorn and The Fault on the Road has become one of the most-watched writers in the world with more than 2.5 million followers on Twitter and more than 3.2 million on Facebook.
His novels have sold more than 400 million copies worldwide, including a total of 3.6 million in Australia.
The Fault has been nominated for nine Academy Awards and has been named one of Time magazine’s 10 best books of the 20th century.2.
Caitlin Morrison, Grey’s Anatomical (Grey)She is a three-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, including for best nonfiction book in 2012.
Morrison won the Pulitzer for The Fault of Our Stars in 2011 and her debut novel, The Dark Age of the Dragon, won the 2015 Nebula Award for best debut novel.3.
Anne Murray, Birdsong (Fantagraphics)A prolific writer who has written more than 60 novels and two TV shows, Murray has won the Hugo Award, Nebula Award, and the World Fantasy Award for her novels.
She has also won the Australian Writers’ Association Award for excellence in fiction.4.
Helen Sloan, The Knick (Hobson)A former reporter for the Sydney Morning Herald and the Sydney Evening Herald, Sloan won the 2009 Sydney Writers’ Award and the 2009 Australian Writers Award.5.
Lalla Rowsell, The Night Manager (Fantasy)A leading Australian author of young adult fantasy and horror, Rowsell won the 2017 Australian Book Awards for best young adult novel.6.
Anne Saunders, The Handmaid’s Tale (Fairy)A popular and award-winning writer, Saunders is best known for her dystopian novel The Handmaiden, which won the 2013 Australian Book Award for Best Novel.
She is the author of three other books, including The Handlock, which was shortlisted for the Hugo Awards.7.
Lona Gould, The Princess Diaries (Harmony)A best-selling novelist of young adults, Gould has won numerous literary awards including the National Book Award, the British Book Award and Australia’s prestigious Golden Jubilee Book Award.8.
John Scalzi, The Stand (Random House)One of the biggest and best-known comics creators, Scalzi is best- known for his work on the comic strip DC’s Teen Titans.9.
Helen Hunt, The Girl on the Train (Dutton)Hunt is a New Zealand writer of award-nominated short stories.
She won the World Prize for her graphic novel The Last Daughter, which has been shortlisted in more than 100 awards.10.
Ann Leckie, The Good Life (Random)The award-winner of the Nebula Award and a frequent contributor to the BBC radio drama The World at Large, Leck