Boy Swallows Universe - Trent Dalton

[PDF] Boy Swallows Universe

By Trent Dalton

  • Release Date: 2018-07-01
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 1,800 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, winner of a record four Australian Book Industry Awards in 2019, including the prestigious Book of the Year Award, and winner of the 2019 UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing, NSW Premier's Literary Awards

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


  • Interesting

    By Purple Mirror
    Good plot, some surreal scenes
  • Boy Swallows Universe

    By Moogerah
    Very well written - loved this book as Daltons ability to put you in the heart of an Australian family in some form of chaos and disfunction experiencing all the emotions was just brilliant - not formulaic - interesting funny and just a real joy
  • Boy swallows universe

    By franklin stamm
    Stunning, heartbreaking, raw, funny, magical
  • Boy swallows Universe

    By JacquiCee
    Gripping - excitingly enjoyable. A MUST read. I want everyone I know to enjoy this talented writer. I am so honoured to had experienced his first book. Will be looking eagerly for the next one - hope it is soon.
  • Best read in years

    By shadawadawa
    An extraordinary book. Some of the funniest writing I can remember; rich and vivid characters; a genuinely thrilling and unpredictable story. It’s been a long time since I’ve enjoyed a book this much.
  • Dalton Creates Magic

    By thunderroadman
    Boy writes good! Really good!!
  • Loved it!

    By dawnbeasley
    Beautiful to read. This book has made it onto my favourite books of all time list.
  • The Great Australian Novel

    By Old_man9
    This is a fantastic book, The great Australian Novel, and is to Aussie what To Kill A Mockingbird is to the US. It beautiful, it’s brilliantly written, and will make you cry. More than once. It is so thoughtfully put together and detailed that you are transported into the Universe with the author. Please, make this the next book you read.
  • 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.