Putting pen to paper! Australian celebrities who have written books that aren’t memoirs

Some have even become bestsellers.
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It’s not rare for a celebrity to make a career transition, whether that’s moving over from TV series to movies, or from acting to singing, there’s an endless amount of opportunities for high-profile stars to dip into something new.

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Sometimes, this can look like writing and releasing their very own book. While most celebrities tend to release memoirs based on their own lives, there are some who have gone out and delved into the world of fiction.

From nail-biting thrillers, to light-hearted children’s books, there are some celebs who have shown just how creative they are, with many of their books going on to be bestsellers. 

So, keep scrolling to see all our local stars who have released their own books.

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Ada Nicodemou’s book was inspired by her son. (Credit: Getty/Booktopia)

Ada Nicodemou

Home and Away’s Ada Nicodemou wrote her very first book about her beloved son Johnas, titled Johnas the International Soccer Star.

“I wanted to write a gift for Johnas to read, as he loves reading so much. He loves books, as well as technology, and this book just came to me really easily,” Ada said in a previous chat with New Idea.

Buy it here for $19.15

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Matt Nable has written a number of books over the years. (Credit: Getty/Hachette)

Matt Nable

He’s written a few books already, but Still is Matt Nable’s latest release, and is an evocative, confronting and page-turning thriller. 

The tale is told against the grittiness of the harsh Australian landscape, and is set in Darwin, Summer, 1963.

The actor’s other books include Guilt, We Don’t Live Here Anymore, and Faces in the Clouds.

Buy it here for $24.50

Luke Arnold book The Last Smile in Sunder City
Luke Arnold released a two-part fantasy series. (Credit: Getty/Hachette)

Luke Arnold

The Last Smile in Sunder City is a contemporary fantasy, and the debut novel from Luke Arnold.

The actor also recently released the second instalment, Dead Man in a Ditch, and follows the character Fetch Phillips.

Buy it here for $18.90

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Judy Nunn has written several bestsellers. (Credit: Getty/Dymocks)

Judy Nunn

Former Home and Away star Judy Nunn’s career has included acting, scriptwriting, and then fiction writing.

Her first three novels, The Glitter Game, Centre Stage and Araluen became instant bestsellers, and she went on to release many more, including, Kal, Beneath the Southern Cross, Tiger Men, Elianne, and Khaki Town.

Buy it here for $17.50

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Andy Lee put his comedic talents to good use while writing his book. (Credit: Getty/Booktopia)

Andy Lee

It came as no surprise when comedian Andy Lee decided to release a children’s book that falls under the category of – you guessed it – comedy.

Titled Do Not Open This Book, the successful series (which also includes Do Not Open This Book Again, Do Not Open This Book Ever, Definitely Do Not Open This Book, Seriously, Do Not Open This Book as well as colouring and activity books) has sold over one million copies worldwide and has been translated into over 35 languages.

Buy it here for $17.50

Peter Helliar book Frankie Fish and the Sonic suitcase
Peter Helliar released his first children’s book in 2017. (Credit: Getty/Dymocks)

Peter Helliar

In his first ever kids’ book, Australian comedian Peter Helliar takes young readers on a hilarious time-travel adventure in Frankie Fish and The Sonic Suitcase.

Buy it here for $12.50

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Kate Ritchie’s book was written about her daughter. (Credit: Getty/Big W)

Kate Ritchie 

Actress and radio host Kate Ritchie made her debut into the written world with her own picture book, I Just Couldn’t Wait to Meet You.

The book was inspired by her joy and excitement at anticipating her first and only daughter Mae’s arrival.

Buy it here for $21.25

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Dave Hughes and Holly Ife released their book Excuse Me! in 2017. (Credit: Getty/Booktopia)

Dave Hughes and Holly Ife

Dave Hughes and his wife Holly Ife teamed up to release their book, Excuse Me!, with the main character Martha May inspired by Dave’s friend and radio co-host–Kate Langbroek.

Buy it here for $15.95.

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Isla Fisher’s book was inspired by her children. (Credit: Getty/Allen & Unwin)

Isla Fisher

An A-list actress, mother, comedian and also writer, Isla Fisher released her book for her children, as a reminder of all the fun they have at bedtime reading books and sharing stories.

Marge In Charge follows the story of Marge – a babysitter that likes to bend the rules a little. Also in the series are: Marge and the Great Train Rescue, Marge and The Secret Tunnel and Marge and the Pirate Baby.

Buy it here for $13.50

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Tara Moss has written several crime-fiction novels. (Credit: Getty/Echo Publishing)

Tara Moss

Model turned crime-writer, Tara Moss certainly knows how to keep people on the edge of their seats, with books like The Blood Countess, The War Widow, and Dead Man Switch.

Since 1999, Tara has written 11 bestselling books, published in 19 countries and 13 languages, including the Mak Vanderwall crime fiction series and the Pandora English paranormal series.

Buy The Blood Countess here for $17.25

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Rebel Wilson released Bogan Pride in 2008, and it was turned into a six-part series. (Credit: Getty/Booktopia)

Rebel Wilson

Rebel Wilson created and wrote the musical comedy series Bogan Pride, which was picked up for six episodes by SBS One.

The story revolves around Jennie Cragg and her quest to win $10,000 in a local dance battle for her mother’s stomach stapling operation.

Buy it here for $23.97

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Brendan Cowell announced his second novel, Plum. (Credit: Getty/Booktopia)

Brendan Cowell

Director and actor Brendan Cowell recently announced Plum, and took to Instagram to share the news of his second novel.

“My second novel ‘Plum’ is out in a few months. If you’re as pumped as I, @booktopiabooks is open for advanced copies,” Brendan said.

“Cannot wait to share this story with you. How good is the cover? #plumthebook #concussion #poetry #australianfiction #readingissexy 🏉🛎💪🏿🎤🎟”

Buy it here for $26.25

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