FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday 15 November 2019
HarperCollins Publishers Australia will publish Trent Dalton’s second novel, All Our Shimmering Skies, on 16 June 2020. Dalton’s multi-award-winning and bestselling debut novel, Boy Swallows Universe, was published in June 2018. According to Nielsen Book, Boy Swallows Universe has now broken the record for the fastest selling Australian fiction debut since Nielsen BookScan records began, having sold over 200,000 print copies in Australia in 72 weeks.
All Our Shimmering Skies is set in Darwin in 1942. As Japanese bombs rain down, motherless Molly Hook, the gravedigger’s daughter, turns to the sky for guidance. She carries a stone heart inside a duffel bag, next to a map that leads to Longcoat Bob, the deep-country sorcerer who put a curse on her family. By her side are the most unlikely travelling companions: Greta, a razor-tongued actress, and Yukio, a fallen Japanese fighter pilot. Beyond the bush lies the treasure. Close behind them trails the dark. And above them, always, are the skies. All Our Shimmering Skies is a story about gifts that fall from the sky, curses we dig from the earth and the secrets we bury inside ourselves.
Catherine Milne, HarperCollins Publishers Australia Head of Fiction and Fourth Estate Publisher, said: ‘Trent’s second novel is an odyssey of true love and grave danger; of darkness and light; of bones and blue skies. It’s a buoyant, beautiful and magical novel abrim with warmth, wit and wonder, a love letter to Australia and the art of looking up.’
All Our Shimmering Skies will be published by HarperCollins under the Fourth Estate imprint on 16 June 2020. For more information, visit harpercollins.com.au/trentdalton.
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