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Awards, Oprah and a TV Deal: Success Continues for Trent Dalton’s Boy Swallows Universe

May 23, 2019

What a week for bestselling author and Better Reading community favourite Trent Dalton. Firstly, Boy Swallows Universe was featured on the top 25 beach reads of the year in Oprah Magazine. Then, the novel made the longlist for the Miles Franklin Literary Award, Australia’s most prestigious literature prize. Is that enough for one week?

Clearly not. Because today’s big news is that following a heated international auction, Anonymous Content, Chapter One and Hopscotch Features have jointly secured the television rights for Boy Swallows Universe, in a deal negotiated on behalf of HarperCollins Australia.

Australian actor, director and writer, Joel Edgerton (Boy Erased) will produce the project alongside Anonymous Content’s Kerry Kohansky-Roberts, Sophie Gardiner for Chapter One and Troy Lum for Hopscotch Films. Dalton will also executive produce.

The Better Reading community embraced and supported Boy Swallows Universe, the captivating coming-of-age story set in Brisbane’s violent working-class suburban fringe, inspired by the real-life events of journalist Trent Dalton’s complicated youth. It has sold over 160,000 copies in Australia alone since its publication in July 2018 and has also been awarded Book of the Year at both the Indie Book Awards and the Australian Book Industry Awards. It will be published across 34 English language and translation territories over the coming year, including in the US and the UK.

Trent Dalton is a staff writer for The Weekend Australian Magazine and a former assistant editor of The Courier Mail. He’s a two-time winner of a Walkley Award for Excellence in Journalism, a three-time winner of a Kennedy Award for Excellence in NSW Journalism and a four-time winner of the national News Awards’ Features Journalist of the Year. Boy Swallows Universe is his first book.

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