Boy Swallows Universe

Boy Swallows Universe

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`The most extraordinary writer - a rare talent' Nikki Gemmell

An utterly wonderful novel of love, crime, magic, fate and coming of age 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 criminal 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 drug dealer.

But Eli's life is about to get a whole lot more serious. He's about to fall in love. And he has to break into prison 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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 480 pages
  • 159 x 240 x 21mm | 270g
  • The Borough Press
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0008319251
  • 9780008319250
  • 9,304

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`Joyous. Simply joyous. I hugged myself as I read it. My heart raced, swelled, burst; my eyes leaked tears; my stomach ached from laughter. Boy Swallows Universe is - I can't think of a word more apt - magical. This vibrant, vital, altogether miraculous coming-of-age novel marks the debut of an exquisitely gifted storyteller ... and what's more, it's transformative: after reading Trent Dalton's book, you won't be the same as you were before' AJ Finn, author of The Woman in the Window

`Chock full of magic and what it really means to be a good person. The Bell brothers will stay with me for a very long time' Rachael Brown, Guardian

`Marvellous ... filled with beautifully lyric prose ... exceptional' Booklist (Starred Review)

`The best Australian novel I have read in more than a decade' Sydney Morning Herald

`The most extraordinary writer - a rare talent' Nikki Gemmell

`Unsuspectedly joyous... sad, warm, witty' The Australian
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About Trent Dalton

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 three-time winner of a Kennedy Award for Excellence in NSW Journalism and a four-time winner
of the national News Awards Feature Journalist of the Year. Boy Swallows Universe is his first book.
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