Boy Swallows Universe (Limited Gift Edition)

by Trent Dalton

On Sale: 04/11/2019

Format:

Hardcover

About the Book

Limited hardback gift edition of the bestselling novel that has taken Australia, and the world, by storm. Winner of the 2019 ABIA Book of the Year and the 2019 Indie Book of the Year Award. 'Without exaggeration, the best Australian novel I have read in more than a decade' Sydney Morning Herald 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 - an instant Australian classic.

Winner of the Debut of the Year and Book of the Year, 2019 Indie Book Awards; winner of the 2019 MUD Literary Prize; shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Literary Awards; longlisted for the 2019 ABIA Awards.

'Marvelously plot-rich ... filled with beautifully lyric prose ... the characterization, too, is universally memorable, especially that of Eli and August. At one point Eli wonders if he is good. The answer is "yes," every bit as good as this exceptional novel.' Booklist

'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

'Stunning. My favourite novel for decades. Left me devastated but looking to the heavens.' Tim Rogers

'One of the best Australian novels I've ever read' The Guardian

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781460758366
  • ISBN 10: 1460758366
  • Imprint: 4th Estate - AU
  • On Sale: 04/11/2019
  • Pages: 480
  • List Price: 39.99 AUD
  • BISAC1: FICTION / General

Biography

Trent Dalton is an award-winning journalist at The Weekend Australian Magazine. His writing includes several short and feature-length film screenplays. He was nominated for a 2010 AFI Best Short Fiction screenplay award for his latest film, Glenn Owen Dodds, which also won the prestigious International Prix Canal award at the world's largest short film festival, the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. Dalton's debut feature film screenplay, In the Silence, is currently in production.


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