Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton – Our Review


Boy Swallows Universe is one of those stories that defies expectations, shatters genre boundaries and beguiles from start to finish' Good Reading 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.

Our Review…

A Joy to Read…'Boy Swallows Universe' by Trent Dalton
Our Review…There are some books that just make your heart sing, so joyous and so rare.
'Boy Swallows Universe' is one such book. Eli and August are not your usual siblings and not from your run-of-a-mill family. Raised within a circle of criminals, the brothers teenage suburban journey to make sense of their world with it's layers of hidden allegiances is one that may make you shudder, laugh out loud and marvel at. This exceptional debut novel from Trent Dalton is one of those page turners that you are just so glad you started, knowing you'll be embarking on a most exceptional journey.
We believe 'Boy Swallows Universe' is set to become an Australian classic.
Review by Nicole @ Great Escape Books
Other Reviews…
'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
'Enthralling – a moving account of sibling solidarity and the dogged pursuit of love.' Geoffrey Robertson QC
'Stunning. My favourite novel for decades. Left me devastated but looking to the heavens.' Tim Rogers