Boy Swallows Universe

Boy Swallows Universe

by Trent Dalton

Epub (Kobo), Epub (Adobe) Publication Date: 18/06/2018

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'Without exaggeration, the best Australian novel I have read in more than a decade' Sydney Morning Herald


The bestselling novel that has taken Australia, and the world, by storm. Winner of Book of the Year at the 2019 Indie Book Awards and winner of a record four Australian Book Industry Awards in 2019, including the prestigious Book of the Year Award.


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.


Awards:


2019 ABIA Book of the Year Award, Winner


2019 Indie Book Award, Winner


UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing at the NSW Premier's Literary Awards, Winner


MUD Literary Prize 2019, Winner


2019 ABIA Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year, Winner


2019 ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year, Winner


2019 ABIA Audiobook of the Year, Winner


2019 Miles Franklin Literary Award, Longlisted


Reviews:


'Boy Swallows Universe is a wonderful surprise: sharp as a drawer full of knives in terms of subject matter; unrepentantly joyous in its child's-eye view of the world; the best literary debut in a month of Sundays.' The Australian


'Boy Swallows Universe hypnotizes you with wonder, and then hammers you with heartbreak.' Washington Post


'This thrilling novel' New York Times Book Review


'Marvelously plot-rich ... filled with beautifully lyric prose ...At one point Eli wonders if he is good. The answer is "yes," every bit as good as this exceptional novel.' Booklist


'Dalton's splashy, stellar debut makes the typical coming-of-age novel look bland by comparison ... This is an outstanding debut.' Publisher's Weekly (starred review)


'Extraordinary and beautiful storytelling' Guardian

ISBN:
9781460708415
9781460708415
Category:
Fiction
Format:
Epub (Kobo), Epub (Adobe)
Publication Date:
18-06-2018
Language:
English
Publisher:
4th Estate
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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