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Boy Swallows Universe

(2018)
A novel by

 
 
The best-selling novel that has taken Australia, and the world, by storm.

The winner of the 2019 Indie Book Award, winner of the MUD Literary Prize 2019, shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Literary Awards

"Without exaggeration, the best Australian novel I have read in more than a decade. This book will light up the dimmest days." (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.

"Boy Swallows Universe is a wonderful surprise: sharp as a drawer full of knives in terms of subject matter; unrepentantly joyous in its child's-eye view of the world; the best literary debut in a month of Sundays." (The Australian)

"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)

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

Genre: General Fiction

Praise for this book

"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." - A J Finn

"Trent Dalton is the most extraordinary writer--a rare talent. A major new voice on the Australian literary scene has arrived." - Nikki Gemmell


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Hardback Editions

August 2019 : USA Library Binding

Title: Boy Swallows Universe
Author(s): Trent Dalton
ISBN: 1-4328-6763-6 / 978-1-4328-6763-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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May 2019 : UK Hardback
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Title: Boy Swallows Universe: The International Bestseller
Author(s): Trent Dalton
ISBN: 0-00-831925-1 / 978-0-00-831925-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: The Borough Press
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April 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: Boy Swallows Universe: A Novel
Author(s): Trent Dalton
ISBN: 0-06-289810-8 / 978-0-06-289810-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper
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Paperback Editions

March 2019 : Australia Paperback
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Title: Boy Swallows Universe
Author(s): Trent Dalton
ISBN: 1-4607-5776-9 / 978-1-4607-5776-5 (Australia edition)
Publisher: 4th Estate - AU
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June 2018 : Australia Paperback
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Title: Boy Swallows Universe
Author(s): Trent Dalton
ISBN: 1-4607-5389-5 / 978-1-4607-5389-7 (Australia edition)
Publisher: 4th Estate - AU
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Audio Editions

May 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Boy Swallows Universe
Author(s): Trent Dalton
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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May 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Boy Swallows Universe
Author(s): Trent Dalton
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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April 2019 : Audio CD
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Title: Boy Swallows Universe
Author(s): Trent Dalton
ISBN: 1-982625-26-0 / 978-1-982625-26-9
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April 2019 : Audio CD
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Title: Boy Swallows Universe
Author(s): Trent Dalton
ISBN: 1-982625-27-9 / 978-1-982625-27-6
Publisher: HarperCollins B and Blackstone Audio
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April 2019 : MP3 CD
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Title: Boy Swallows Universe
Author(s): Trent Dalton
ISBN: 1-982625-28-7 / 978-1-982625-28-3
Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS
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April 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Boy Swallows Universe: A Novel
Author(s): Trent Dalton
Publisher: HarperAudio
Availability: Amazon   


April 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Boy Swallows Universe: A Novel
Author(s): Trent Dalton
Publisher: HarperAudio
Availability: Amazon CA   


June 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Boy Swallows Universe
Author(s): Trent Dalton
Publisher: HarperAudio
Availability: Amazon   


June 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Boy Swallows Universe
Author(s): Trent Dalton
Publisher: HarperAudio
Availability: Amazon AU   


June 2018 : Australia Audio CD
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Title: Boy Swallows Universe
Author(s): Trent Dalton
ISBN: 1-4607-9758-2 / 978-1-4607-9758-7 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Bolinda/HarperCollins audio
Availability: Amazon AU   


Kindle Editions

April 2019 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Boy Swallows Universe: A Novel
Author(s): Trent Dalton
Publisher: Harper
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


July 2018 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Boy Swallows Universe: The International Bestseller
Author(s): Trent Dalton
Publisher: The Borough Press
Availability: Amazon UK   


July 2018 : Australia Kindle edition
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Title: Boy Swallows Universe
Author(s): Trent Dalton
Publisher: 4th Estate
Availability: Amazon AU