• Boy Swallows Universe

  • By: Trent Dalton
  • Narrated by: Stig Wemyss
  • Length: 16 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 20-06-2018
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HarperAudio
  • 5 out of 5 stars 4.8 (192 ratings)

Publisher's Summary

An utterly wonderful 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.
Brisbane, 1983: A lost father, a mute brother, a mum in jail, a heroin dealer for a stepfather and a notorious criminal 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, a 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 listen to all year.
"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)
©2018 HarperCollins Publishers Australia pty Ltd (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers Australia pty Ltd
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Critic 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 very special here, writing with grace, from his own broken heart." (Caroline Overington)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Al on 01-07-2018

Exceptional

I selected this book without much thought but can't recommend it highly enough. The performance by the reader was perfect too.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Clare on 19-09-2018

Not enough superlatives in the universe.

Enter the unique and compelling world of Eli Bell for the trip of a lifetime From school bullies, a wise and generous convicted murderer , a warm hearted smack dealer a highly literate struggling depressed alcoholic these are Eli’s role models Warm flawed heroes and psychopathic bad guys Couldn’t stop listening and was reluctant to let the story finish.This is the best book I’ve read for years .

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