What Is The Massive Hype About This “Must Read” Australian Novel?

What Is The Massive Hype About This “Must Read” Australian Novel?

An utterly beautiful novel of love, crime, magic, fate and coming of age, set in Brisbane's violent working-class suburban fringe, from one of Australia's most exciting new writers. 


This is a book that I have heard a lot about. I have it now but the worst part is I have to wait for my husband to finish the book before I can read it (he stole it straight away and can't put it down).  Natasha from Book Bonding has been raving about it, and I have heard reviews on Facebook.  My cousin's friend said she turned her phone off for three days as she enjoyed it so much!

If you are a fan of the book "Jasper Jones", like Natasha and I are, then this is another book you are guaranteed to love.

A story of brotherhood, true love and the most unlikely of relationships, “Boy Swallows Universe” by Trent Dalton will be the most heartbreaking, joyous and nerve-wracking novel you will read all year.  

It's Brisbane, Australia 1983: A lost father, a mute brother, a mum in jail, a heroin dealer for a stepfather and a notorious criminal for a babysitter. 

Young Eli already has a complicated life, but it is going to become more complicated.  Even though he is trying to grow into a good man and follow his heart, danger finds him.  He is about to fall in love, but meets Tytus Broz, the local drug dealer, who throws a spanner in the works.  


Just in case you are not heading off to your Independent bookstore already, here are a few 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 

'I couldn't stop reading from the moment I started, and I still can barely speak for the beauty of it. Trent Dalton has done something extraordinary here, writing with grace, from his own broken heart.' Caroline Overington

'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

Carolyn Rowland is a qualified NLP Master Therapist, Advanced Practitioner of Matrix Therapies, Time Line Therapist, Practitioner of Hypnotherapy, has a Diploma for Business and Life Coaching and A Professional Image Stylist.  Carolyn is happily married to her husband Simon, and raised four beautiful children, who are now young adults and a teenager.


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