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Boy Swallows Universe

(2018)
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An utterly wonderful debut novel of love, crime, magic, fate, and a boy's coming of age, set in 1980s Australia and infused with the originality, charm, pathos, and heart of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

The mind can take you anywhere you want to go.

Eli Bell's life is complicated. His father is lost, his mother is in jail, and his stepdad is a heroin dealer. The most steadfast adult in Eli's life is Slim - a notorious felon and national record holder for successful prison escapes - who watches over Eli and August, his silent genius of an older brother.

Exiled far from the rest of the world in Darra, a seedy suburb populated by Polish and Vietnamese refugees, this 12-year-old boy with an old soul and an adult mind is just trying to follow his heart, learn what it takes to be a good man, and train for a glamorous career in journalism. Life, however, insists on throwing obstacles in Eli's path - most notably Tytus Broz, Brisbane's legendary drug dealer.

But the real trouble lies ahead. Eli is about to fall in love, face off against truly bad guys, and fight to save his mother from a certain doom - all before starting high school.

A story of brotherhood, true love, family, and the most unlikely of friendships, Boy Swallows Universe is the tale of an adolescent boy on the cusp of discovering the man he will be. Powerful and kinetic, Trent Dalton's debut is sure to be one of the most heartbreaking, joyous, and exhilarating novels you will experience.

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

November 2019 : Australia Hardback
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Title: Boy Swallows Universe (Limited Gift Edition)
Author(s): Trent Dalton
ISBN: 1-4607-5836-6 / 978-1-4607-5836-6 (Australia edition)
Publisher: 4th Estate - AU
Availability: Amazon AU   


August 2019 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Boy Swallows Universe (Thorndike Press Large Print)
Author(s): Trent Dalton
ISBN: 1-4328-6763-6 / 978-1-4328-6763-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


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
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

June 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: Boy Swallows Universe: The International Bestseller
Author(s): Trent Dalton
ISBN: 0-00-831928-6 / 978-0-00-831928-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: The Borough Press
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


April 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: Boy Swallows Universe: A Novel
Author(s): Trent Dalton
ISBN: 0-06-289811-6 / 978-0-06-289811-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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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
Availability: Amazon AU   


August 2018 : Paperback
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Title: Boy Swallows Universe (16pt Large Print Edition)
Author(s): Trent Dalton
ISBN: 0-369-30595-7 / 978-0-369-30595-4
Publisher: ReadHowYouWant
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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
Availability: Amazon AU   


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
Availability: Amazon UK   


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
Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS
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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
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


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
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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
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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   


June 2018 : Australia Audio CD
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Title: Boy Swallows Universe
Author(s): Trent Dalton
ISBN: 1-4607-9759-0 / 978-1-4607-9759-4 (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
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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