Boy Swallows Universe - Trent Dalton

[PDF] Boy Swallows Universe

By Trent Dalton

  • Release Date: 2018-07-01
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 1,355 Ratings

Boy Swallows Universe By Trent Dalton Description

[PDF] Boy Swallows Universe By Trent Dalton. 'Without exaggeration, the best Australian novel I have read in more than a decade' Sydney Morning Herald

The bestselling novel that has taken Australia, and the world, by storm. Winner of Book of the Year at the 2019 Indie Book Awards and winner of a record four Australian Book Industry Awards in 2019, including the prestigious Book of the Year Award.

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.


2019 ABIA Book of the Year Award, Winner

2019 Indie Book Award, Winner

2019 UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing, NSW Premier's Literary Awards, Winner

2019 People's Choice Award, NSW Premier's Literary Awards, Winner

MUD Literary Prize 2019, Winner

2019 ABIA Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year, Winner

2019 ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year, Winner

2019 ABIA Audiobook of the Year, Winner

2019 Miles Franklin Literary Award, Longlisted

2019 Colin Roderick Award, shortlist


'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

'Boy Swallows Universe hypnotizes you with wonder, and then hammers you with heartbreak.' Washington Post

'This thrilling novel' New York Times Book Review

'Marvelously plot-rich ... filled with beautifully lyric prose ...At one point Eli wonders if he is good. The answer is "yes," every bit as good as this exceptional novel.' Booklist

'Dalton's splashy, stellar debut makes the typical coming-of-age novel look bland by comparison ... This is an outstanding debut.' Publisher's Weekly (starred review)

'Extraordinary and beautiful storytelling' Guardian


  • My favourite book ever!

    By Annabel Faith
    Wonderful, heart-warming, heart-breaking, honest, and beautifully written.
  • Brilliant

    By buswinted
    Written in a way that makes you feel the emotions of his family. A story well told and only one who has lived this world could write.
  • Awesome read

    By Brons Tower
    What a great read, growing up in the areas that this book is set gave me such thrill on each page. Having met people similar to those portrayed in this novel pushed to the top of my favourite reads. Captivating and real.
  • Amazing

    By Roxanne879
    This book is brilliant and absolutely captivating 🙌🏼
  • I could not put it down

    By Miss Chez
    Brilliant writing, so many layers and such beautiful prose. My favourite book of 2018!
  • Loved this book!

    By p.rosalind90
    Had me engaged from start to finish! The story is so beautifully written
  • Boy swallows universe

    By Jneet
    Trying to hard to be brogan. Well-written well-plotted but...
  • Outstanding! Do yourself a favour and read this.

    By Perthbloke67
    Best book I have read in years. What a wonderfully talented writer. I hope this is the first of many.
  • Brilliant

    By Rosie in sydney
    I couldn’t put it down.
  • Brilliant and so close to home

    By tullo62
    I grew up in Oxley, Brisbane close to where the story is centred at around the same time of the author’s telling. It brought back vivid memories of my past and my upbringing around Inala and Darra in the the 70,s. All of the reminiscing is just a bonus to a wonderful, beautifully told story that I devoured far too quickly. All I can say to the author is “ thank you” .