A new book by Trent Dalton will be hitting shelves on the 16th of June, 2020. Called All Our Shimmering Skies, it’s been described by Catherine Milne, head of Fiction at HarperCollins Australia, as “an odyssey of true love and grave danger; of darkness and light; of bones and blue skies.”
Here’s the synopsis:
All Our Shimmering Skies is set in Darwin in 1942. As Japanese bombs rain down, motherless Molly Hook, the gravedigger’s daughter, turns to the sky for guidance. She carries a stone heart inside a duffel bag, next to a map that leads to Longcoat Bob, the deep-country sorcerer who put a curse on her family. By her side are the most unlikely travelling companions: Greta, a razor-tongued actress, and Yukio, a fallen Japanese fighter pilot. Beyond the bush lies the treasure. Close behind them trails the dark. And above them, always, are the skies. All Our Shimmering Skies is a story about gifts that fall from the sky, curses we dig from the earth and the secrets we bury inside ourselves.
This book comes two years after the release of his phenomenal bestseller, Boy Swallows Universe – a book which took home a record-breaking five Australian Book Industry Awards and was longlisted for the 2019 Miles Franklin Literary Award. It has also recently broken the record for the fastest selling Australian fiction debut since Nielsen BookScan records began, having sold over 200,000 print copies in Australia in 72 weeks.
Catherine Milne said of the new book: “It’s a buoyant, beautiful and magical novel abrim with warmth, wit and wonder, a love letter to Australia and the art of looking up.”
All Our Shimmering Skies
The bestselling author of Boy Swallows Universe, Trent Dalton, returns with All Our Shimmering Skies - a glorious novel destined to become another Australian classic.
Darwin, 1942, and as Japanese bombs rain overhead, motherless Molly Hook, the gravedigger's daughter, turns once again to the sky for guidance. She carries a stone heart inside a duffel bag next to the map that leads to Longcoat Bob, the deep country sorcerer who put a curse on her family. By her side are the most unlikely travelling companions...
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