Back in 2018, Aussie journalist Trent Dalton became an overnight literary darling when his debut novel Boy Swallows Universe was released. It struck a chord with readers, who fell in love with this gut-wrenching coming-of-age story.
The semi-autobiographical tale follows the life of 12-year-old Eli Bell as he grows up in the 'burbs of Brisbane amidst nefarious characters linked to his mother and the underworld.
So adored was Dalton's novel that it has - unsurprisingly - received the adaptation treatment, finding its way onto Netflix in a seven-part series released this month. And just like that, all anyone can talk about is Boy Swallows Universe… again.
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If you've already devoured the series (and read the book four times) and you're looking to sink your teeth and heart into something similar, you’ve come to the right place.
Right now is the perfect time to make a good dent in your reading list so we've pulled together a bunch of reads that'll tickle you right in the Boy Swallows Universe bone.