Trent Dalton

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Trent Dalton
GenreLong-form journalism, adult literary fiction
Notable worksBoy Swallows Universe

Trent Dalton is an Australian journalist and literary fiction author.[1][2]


Dalton works as a staff writer for The Weekend Australian[3] and previously for The Courier-Mail.[4] In 2018 he published Boy Swallows Universe through 4th Estate,[5] which has been longlisted for the 2019 Miles Franklin Award.[6]

In May 2019 the adaptation rights for Boy Swallows Universe were won by Anonymous Content, Chapter One and Hopscotch Features, to be directed by Australian actor and director Joel Edgerton.[7]



  • Boy Swallows Universe, 4th Estate (2018) ISBN 9781460753897


Australian Book Industry Awards[8]

  • 2019: Winner: ABIA Book of the Year Boy Swallows Universe
  • 2019: Winner: Literary Fiction Book of the Year Boy Swallows Universe
  • 2019: Winner: The Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year Boy Swallows Universe
  • 2019: Winner: Audio Book of the Year Boy Swallows Universe (Narr. Stig Wemyss)

Indie Book Awards[9]

  • 2019: Winner: Debut fiction Boy Swallows Universe


  1. ^ Dalton, Trent (May 2019). Boy Swallows Universe. Harper Collins Publ. UK. ISBN 9780008319250.
  2. ^ "Trent Dalton: Why I Wrote Boy Swallows Universe". HarperCollins Australia. 26 June 2018. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Trent Dalton", profile, The Australian
  4. ^ " 'We just knew him as Slim ... we didn't know he escaped from Boggo Rd prison' " by Fiona Purdon, The Courier-Mail, 29 June 2018
  5. ^ "Boy Swallows Universe". HarperCollins Australia. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Miles Franklin 2019 longlist announced". Books+Publishing. 22 May 2019. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  7. ^ Reading, Better. "Awards, Oprah and a TV Deal: Success Continues for Trent Dalton's Boy Swallows Universe". BETTER READING. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  8. ^ Jefferson, arts editor Dee (3 May 2019). "First-time novelist wins Book of Year for suburban coming-of-age saga Boy Swallows Universe". ABC News. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  9. ^ "'Boy Swallows Universe' wins Book of the Year at 2019 Indie Book Awards". Books+Publishing. 19 March 2019. Retrieved 16 May 2019.

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