Aussie author Trent Dalton’s multi-award-winning, internationally bestselling novel Boy Swallows Universe was released as a Netflix series earlier this year. Published in 2018, it’s based on Dalton’s upbringing in Brisbane’s south-west in the 1980s. It follows 12-year-old Eli Bell, who grew up surrounded by violence, with a drug-addicted mother and heroin-dealing stepfather.

For lovers of the book (and the series) we’re sharing more good reads written by Aussie authors – and set in Australia – that you should add to your to-read pile.

Where I Slept

$32.99 Where I Slept For your hit of inner-city grunge.

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All That’s Left Unsaid

$22.99 All That's Left Unsaid A sister on a quest in ’90s Cabramatta.

Thanks for Having Me

$32.99 Thanks for Having Me A reminder to thank your mother.

Women and Children

$29.99 Women and Children Fitzroy nostalgia with an underside.


$32.99 Edenglassie Know where you come from.

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