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Boy Swallows Universe (Limited Gift Edition) Hardcover – 4 November 2019

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  • Publisher : 4th Estate AU (4 November 2019)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 480 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1460758366
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1460758366
  • Dimensions : 16.5 x 4.2 x 24.4 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
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Trent Dalton is a staff writer for the Weekend Australian Magazine and a former assistant editor of The Courier Mail. He's a two-time winner of a Walkley Award for Excellence in Journalism, a four-time winner of a Kennedy Award for Excellence in NSW Journalism and a four-time winner of the national News Awards Features Journalist of the Year. His debut novel, Boy Swallows Universe, published by HarperCollins in 2018, is a much-loved national bestseller and critically acclaimed, winning the 2019 Indie Book of the Year Award, the MUD Literary Prize, the UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing and the People's Choice Award at the 2019 NSW Premier's Literary Awards. In addition, at the 2019 Australian Book Industry Awards, the book won a record four ABIA Awards, including the prestigious Book of the Year Award. Boy Swallows Universe has been published across thirty-four English language and translation territories. His second novel, All Our Shimmering Skies was published by HarperCollins in October 2020 and is already a national bestseller.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking, but triumphant, Australian novel
By Jade St Clair Scatterbooker on 28 January 2020
Boy Swallows Universe is the debut Australian best seller and multi award winner of 2018. I’m not usually a fan of stickers on book covers, but that certainly is an impressive number of awards there!

Set in the suburbs of Brisbane in 1985, Eli Bell is struggling to grow up in the midst of a very complicated life. His mum is a junkie, his step-father is a heroin dealer, his brother is mute, his absent dad is an alcoholic, his best friend is a notorious criminal, and his pen pal is the ex sergeant at arms of the Rebels motorcycle club.

All of a sudden, tragedy strikes, and Eli’s life becomes a lot more complicated. He needs all the help he can get from his brother, his friends, his father who has suddenly landed in his life, and an attractive young (but still far too old for Eli) journalist called Caitlin Spies.

Boy Swallows Universe is a heartbreaking, but triumphant, Australian novel that reveals the true horrors lurking underneath the surface of most suburbs, I suspect. I’m still reeling from the wild ride of the last few chapters and Dalton shines through as a simply brilliant storyteller. If you are in the middle of reading this book and are perhaps thinking that there is a bit too much description and it jumps around a bit too much, just wait til the end where all will be revealed.

5/5 stars!
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