Boy Swallows Universe

Boy Swallows Universe 2

by Trent Dalton

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 19/06/2018

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An 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 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. A major new voice on the Australian literary scene has arrived.' Nikki Gemmell

'An astonishing achievement. Dalton is a breath of fresh air - raw, honest, funny, moving, he has created a novel of the most surprising and addictive nature. Unputdownable.' David Wenham

'I couldn't stop reading from the moment I started, and I still can barely speak for the beauty of it. Trent Dalton has done something very special here, writing with grace, from his own broken heart.' Caroline Overington

'Enthralling - a moving account of sibling solidarity and the dogged pursuit of love.' Geoffrey Robertson QC

'Stunning. My favourite novel for decades. Left me devastated but looking to the heavens.' Tim Rogers

ISBN:
9781460753897
Category:
Contemporary fiction
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
19-06-2018
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
480
Dimensions (mm):
234x153x35mm
Weight:
0.65kg

‘An astonishing achievement. Dalton is a breath of fresh air—raw, honest, funny, moving, he has created a novel of the most surprising and addictive nature. Unputdownable.’—David Wenham

‘Stunning. My favourite novel for decades. Left me devastated but looking to the heavens.’—Tim Rogers

‘It’s like the kid from the Wonder Years stumbles into a Chopper Read story … Really involving. Really wonderful.’—John Purcell

‘I couldn’t stop reading from the moment I started, and I still can barely speak for the beauty of it. Trent Dalton has done something very special here, writing with grace, from his own broken heart.’Caroline Overington

‘This novel is a raucous, moving, hilarious triumph—a major new voice on the Australian literary scene has arrived.’Nikki Gemmell

‘Enthralling—a moving account of sibling solidarity and the dogged pursuit of love.’—Geoffrey Robertson QC

Trent Dalton

Trent Dalton writes for the award-winning The Weekend Australian Magazine. A former assistant editor of The Courier-Mail, he has won a Walkley, been a four-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 writing includes several short and feature-length film screenplays.

His latest feature film screenplay, Home, is a love story inspired by his non-fiction collection Detours: Stories from the Street (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.

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. Trent also hosted the ABC Conversations show while Richard Fidler was on a Churchill Fellowship.

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  • Boy Swallows Universe

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    Absolutely Stella of a book written beautifully couldn't put down. Thouroughly enjoyed.
    I 100% recommend

  • Review by Robert @ Angus & Robertson

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    A colourful mix of narrative true crime and poignant childhood wonder, this fabulous novel is set against the grimy corruption of Bjelke-Peterson’s Queensland in a semi-squalid Brisbane suburb.

    Eli Belli is adrift in a dysfunctional family. Between his drug-dealing step-father, mute brother, addict mother and the ex-convict babysitter, he must find take the guidance he can. Scarred personalities with suspect morality offer him advice, Vietnamese drug cartels tempt.and every option in front of him is fraught with some kind of danger. The innocent Eli deals with it all like a fantasy novel hero, an adventurer on a quest in a magical realist suburbia of dangerous threats. Life swirls about him. Then he finds love…

    Boy Swallows Universe is a ripper of a tale, told with laugh-out-loud humour. But it is also melancholy and poignant, being somehow both heartbreaking and joyful. Based on his own childhood, Dalton’s book carries an authentic honesty, expressed in vivid observation and wonderful prose that will make you want to read more. This novel became an instant favourite with us, and is one of Angus & Robertson’s picks of the year.
    We urge you to pick it up. You'll love it.