Boy Swallows Universe

Boy Swallows Universe

By Trent Dalton

  • Release Date : 2018-07-01
  • Genre : Fiction & Literature
  • FIle Size : 1.37 MB
Score: 4.5
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Boy Swallows Universe The bestselling novel that has taken Australia, and the world, by storm.

'Without exaggeration, the best Australian novel I have read in more than a decade ... A rollicking ride, rich in philosophy, wit, truth and pathos' 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.

'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


  • Fave book of 2018!

    By Eb_ive
    I laughed. I cried. I was sad when it ended.
  • Boy Oh Boy

    By Communikate28
    This is simply wonderfully understated and oh, so refreshing. Heartbreaking and warming in equal measure. I can not recommend it highly enough. It was blissful to read. Thank you Trent Dalton. I’ll eagerly await your next offering.
  • Excellent

    By Inspired ST
    Beautiful writing. Fascinating story of triumph through adversity. It’s a story about love, pain, joy and sadness. Loved this book.
  • Amazing!

    By Rawtney
    I bought this book after reading really good reviews and I was not disappointed! It is actually one of the best books I’ve ever read, I laughed and cried - it was a real page turner! 100% recommend.
  • An Australian Classic

    By Billthebattler
    With every word I can picture the screenplay, with a soundtrack full of Paul Kelly and the rich colours of the Australian landscape bursting under the hot Queensland sun. There’s a hint of magic and luck and everybody loves an underdog. Pick this up, you won’t be putting it down. Go on, I dare you.
  • Captivating

    By gazziegoo
    Thoroughly recommend
  • A treasure

    By Guckling
    This book is extraordinary. It is modern “Cloudstreet”. This is the best book I have read since. A treasure.
  • Intensity builds to the very end

    By Rensapples
    Great read. Great book. The hype is true.
  • Australian dick head

    By yolopeeps and yo mamas fat
    Amazing I’m speechless
  • Utterly Amazing

    By SamwiseJ
    I don’t think any words would do this book justice. Just read it. You will not regret it.