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Media Release: By Sea & Stars by Trent Dalton

By Sea & Stars

Trent Dalton

The enthralling story of the epic journey of the First Fleet,
from one of Australia’s greatest writers.

Originally published as a Kennedy Award–winning multipart serial in The Australian earlier this year, By Sea & Stars tells the story of the voyage that led to the founding of our nation, as told from the point of view of the people who took part in it – willingly or unwillingly.

Drawing from historical sources of the time, Trent Dalton paints a vivid picture of the people who embarked on this epic journey. From terrified twelve-year-old convict and former chimneysweep John Hudson and conscientious Lieutenant Ralph Clark to brave and determined Captain-General Arthur Phillip, the brightest star of the British Navy. These are the people who made the voyage, and these are their stories – of death, duty, glory, lust, violence, escape and mutiny, and a great southern land.


‘I’ve always looked out for Trent’s work because he has a magic about him – what he sees, how he explains things. He can describe a kitchen table in a way that makes you want to throw your arms around it … [Dalton is] a genuine treasure of Australian letters’ – Annabel Crabb

‘As a brilliant journalist, Trent Dalton has always intimately understood how fact is often stranger than

fiction’ – Benjamin Law

‘A major new voice on the Australian literary scene has arrived’ – Nikki Gemmell


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 is the critically acclaimed and bestselling Boy Swallows Universe, which was published in mid-2018.

For further information or to request a review copy or interview, please contact:

Alice Wood, Campaign Manager

E: [email protected] or T: 02 9952 5439

By Sea & Stars by Trent Dalton

Published: 16 November 2018

Imprint: Fourth Estate

Format: Hardback | RRP: $24.99 | ISBN: 9781460757413


November 9, 2018


Media Release: By Sea & Stars by Trent Dalton


Alice Wood

02 9952 5439

[email protected]