Boy Swallows Universe

Boy Swallows Universe

by Trent Dalton

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 18/06/2018

RRP  $32.99 $26.78

A utterly wonderful novel of love, crime, magic, fate and coming of age, set in Brisbane's violent working class suburban fringe - from one of Australia's most exciting new writers.

Brisbane, 1983: A lost father, a mute brother, a mum in jail, a heroin dealer for a stepfather and a notorious crim for a babysitter. It's not as if Eli's life isn't complicated enough already.

He's just trying to follow his heart, learning what it takes to be a good man, but life just keeps throwing obstacles in the way - not least of which is Tytus Broz, legendary Brisbane drug dealer. But if Eli's life is about to get a whole lot more serious. He's about to fall in love.

And, oh yeah, he has to break into Boggo Road Gaol on Christmas Day, to save his mum.

A story of brotherhood, true love and the most unlikely of friendships, Boy Swallows Universe will be the most heartbreaking, joyous and exhilarating novel you will read all year.

'Trent Dalton is the most extraordinary writer - a rare talent.' Nikki Gemmell

'Stunning. My favourite novel for decades. Left me devastated but looking to the heavens.’ – Tim Rogers
Contemporary fiction
Paperback / softback
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Trent Dalton

Trent Dalton writes for the award-winning The Weekend Australian Magazine on The Australian newspaper. A former assistant editor of The Courier-Mail, he has won a Walkley Award for excellence in journalism, been a three-time winner of the national News Awards Feature Journalist of the Year Award, and was named Queensland Journalist of the Year at the 2011 Clarion Awards for excellence in Queensland media. His journalism has twice been nominated for a United Nations of Australia Media Peace Award.

His writing includes several short film screenplays. He was nominated for a 2010 AFI Best Short Fiction screenplay award for his latest film, Glenn Owen Dodds, starring David Wenham. The film won the prestigious International Prix Canal award at the world's largest short film festival, The Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in France.

Dalton's debut feature film screenplay, In the Silence, is currently in production.

Dalton is also the author of a book, Detours, released in 2011, the culmination of three months immersed in Brisbane's homeless community, the proceeds of which went back to the 20 people featured within its pages.

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QLD Regional: 12 - 18 working days.
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NT Regional: 12 - 18 working days.

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