Best-selling Australian novel Boy Swallows Universe is set to become an international TV drama after the rights were sold to Anonymous Content, Chapter One, Hopscotch Features and Joel Edgerton.
The novel by Trent Dalton, inspired by his own youth, is a coming-of-age story set in Brisbane’s violent working-class suburban fringe. The 1980’s story follows a young boy trying to find his way despite his mum being in jail, his stepfather pushing heroine, and the attentions of a local drug kingpin. Amid this fraught existence he also navigates his first romance.
The book has sold more than 160,000 copies since publication in July 2018 and was awarded Book of the Year at the Indie Book Awards and the Australian Book Awards and was recently long-listed for The Miles Franklin Award. The novel will be published across 34 English language and translation territories over the coming year, including in the U.S. and the UK.
The project is the first to be announced for Anonymous Content’s UK spin-off Chapter One.
Broadcasters have not been announced.