Today we review the award winning novel ‘Boy Swallows Universe’. It’s a captivating coming-of-age story, inspired by the real-life events of journalist Trent Dalton’s youth.
“A heartbreaking and emotional debut and an amazing show of the tenacious spirit within. Trent Dalton has captured the 1980’s time period and brought so many aspects of a childhood in the 80’s flooding back. Set primarily in Brisbane’s tougher suburbs, he has depicted Eli (through the eyes of the main character at 12 years of age) navigating his way through a tumultuous, dysfunctional, traumatic and complex family and environment, to unveil a strength of character and indomitable spirit beyond his years as he tries to decode his world and all that is happening around him. With a missing father, enigmatic mute brother, drug addict mother, a dealer for a stepfather and an ex con babysitter, these contributing factors could easily put Eli on a reckless path to destruction. Trent Dalton has demonstrated through this story and his characters that you can overcome your circumstances. Written with heart and soul, with vivid and very real characters, a story of the ties that bind, brotherhood, loyalty, unlikely bonds, loyalty and love, put this on your must read list!”
– Sheridan, QBD Tweed Heads