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Boy Swallows Universe

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Paperback Published: 19th June 2018
ISBN: 9781460753897
Number Of Pages: 480

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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

Staff Review
by Ben Hunter


In Boy Swallows Universe, Walkley-winning journalist Trent Dalton bends his own horrific story of a chaotic youth in the heroin-drenched suburbs that Brisbane forgot into a bright and brilliant phantasmagoria – an instant classic of Australian storytelling.

Eli Bell has unfortunate circumstances. His brother is mute, his dad is drunk, his mum is headed for jail, his step-dad deals heroin, his babysitter is a convicted murderer and his only friend seems to be his pen pal… who’s in prison. When he tries to improve these circumstances, things go from bad to horrific and suddenly this novel opens up a whole universe on the page. To try and describe what I mean by all this could spoil the delights of this book. You need to witness it for yourself.

Read Boy Swallows Universe and Eli Bell will take you him on his unfathomable journey – his coming-of-age meets survival story – one that will defy logic and utterly astonish you. It’s exhilarating, funny, heartbreaking, horrifying and all-throughout uncompromising. It’s a book without comparison that Australia, and the world, will fall in love with.

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Going to be an Aussie classic

5

Loved it, read it in two sittings and recommending to all my friends.

SE QLD

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Highly recommend

5

Brilliant!

Noosa

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I still can't wipe the smile off my face

5

Love love love love love

Victoria

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Fantastic debut novel.

5

The characters in this story have a real likability and believability about them. At times I found the subject matter difficult in a 'truth is stranger than fiction' kind of way. Trent Dalton has written a cracker of a story and the book deserves all the hype it's getting.

Brisbane

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Good read

4

This book was slow to start but a big finish - a good read

Sydney

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Fantastic

5

The book had me enthralled and the language was beautiful

Gloucester

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A quirky insight into the underclass of Australian culture

5

I read the review of this book in the SMH and was immediately attracted to the quirky nature of the book. I loved the book and couldn't put it down. There are some quite confronting issues but the fact that it is written from the perspective of a 13-year-old boy make it easier to digest. It paints a very good picture of the drug culture and associated crime in a low socio-economic area and the lives of the people who live in that environment. I couldn't put it down and can't recommend it highly enough.

Northern New South Wales

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The Most Exciting Australian Novel in Decades

5

Trent's debut novel tells the gripping story of teenager Eli Bell set in the suburban drug trade in 1980s Brisbane. Reviewer Doug Wallen called it an "extreme fable about living with the effects of trauma". Ultimately, it's a love story. Trent is a multi-award winning journalist and a gifted novelist who dares to bring our darkest and most dangerous Brisbane stories to life for us and the rest of the world. Be prepared for a page turner. I was up until 3am finishing it. And I'm re-reading it which I never do. I want to fully appreciate its shocking grittiness, pathos, humour, magic realism; what it highlights about disadvantage and the power of love and mostly, what it reveals us about ourselves and each other. If you only read one book this year, read Boy Swallows Universe. Trent has written the most exciting, illuminating and soulful Australian novel in decades and he's going to be a global megastar. In fact, he already is. As it turns out, Trent's the first Australian author being published globally by Harper Collins in the UK, the US, 11 languages in Europe and Japan with more to follow. Congratulations to Trent for his brilliance, bravery and for showing us how to love unconditionally.

Brisbane

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Getting one for all my family!!

4

Read it! Crazy question!

Wellington NZ

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"Do your time, before it does you."

5

I was worried this book would be all hype. But after the first chapter I knew it was going to be the most incredible book I've read all year, possibly ever. Dalton's writing is exquisite in this coming of age story; it's colourful and flowery, like his main protagonist Eli. This story is undoubtedly a modern Australian classic. I was swallowed up by Eli's universe.

Hobart

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Boy Swallows Universe

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ISBN: 9781460753897
ISBN-10: 1460753895
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 19th June 2018
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.4  x 3.5
Weight (kg): 0.65