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Boy Swallows Universe An Utterly Wonderful Debut Novel Of Love, Crime, Magic, Fate And A Boy S Coming Of Age, Set In 1980s Australia And Infused With The Originality, Charm, Pathos, And Heart Of Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close And The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time.The Mind Can Take You Anywhere You Want To GoEli Bell S Life Is Complicated His Father Is Lost, His Mother Is In Jail, And His Stepdad Is A Heroin Dealer The Most Steadfast Adult In Eli S Life Is Slim A Notorious Felon And National Record Holder For Successful Prison Escapes Who Watches Over Eli And August, His Silent Genius Of An Older Brother.Exiled Far From The Rest Of The World In Darra, A Seedy Suburb Populated By Polish And Vietnamese Refugees, This Twelve Year Old Boy With An Old Soul And An Adult Mind Is Just Trying To Follow His Heart, Learn What It Takes To Be A Good Man, And Train For A Glamorous Career In Journalism Life, However, Insists On Throwing Obstacles In Eli S Path Most Notably Tytus Broz, Brisbane S Legendary Drug Dealer.But The Real Trouble Lies Ahead Eli Is About To Fall In Love, Face Off Against Truly Bad Guys, And Fight To Save His Mother From A Certain Doom All Before Starting High School.A Story Of Brotherhood, True Love, Family, And The Most Unlikely Of Friendships, Boy Swallows Universe Is The Tale Of An Adolescent Boy On The Cusp Of Discovering The Man He Will Be Powerful And Kinetic, Trent Dalton S Debut Is Sure To Be One Of The Most Heartbreaking, Joyous And Exhilarating Novels You Will Experience. Pleased to announce that this is the scaredsuspensebookclub choice for April Below is the discussion schedule via instagram follow along and join in with the conversation scaredsuspensebookclub.Check In 1 April 12thCheck In 2 April 19thMany thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy. What an amazing debut novel Boy Swallows Universe has jumped straight to the top of my outstanding novels for this year Trent Dalton has somehow managed to spin a yarn about a Brisbane boy growing up amidst poverty, violence and crime while infusing it with love, joy and humour His words and characters leap off the page with freshness and originality and yet you feel you know these people and the streets they live on Although not autobiographical, the novel is based on Dalton s own childhood and experiences in the tough suburbs of Brisbane, his parents, the people he knew and the journey he took to become an award winning journalist It s the 1980s and 12 y old Eli Bell lives with his Mum Frances and stepdad Lyle in the Brisbane suburbs He seemingly has a normal Aussie childhood, tearing off on his bike, playing in the streets and worshipping the Parramatta Eels Except for the fact that his older brother Gus is mute, having elected to give up speaking some years ago after a traumatic event , his parents are drug dealers and his baby sitter is a notorious ex crim called Slim based on a real life character also known as the Houdini of Boggo Road That all changes when Lyle is caught out by his boss doing a bit of extracurricular dealing and is dragged off by his brutal henchman never to be seen again, Eli s Mum is sent to jail and Eli and Gus go to live with their depressed, drunken father Despite all the violence and crime around him, Eli wants to grow up to be a good person and become a journalist providing he can navigate his way through warring street gangs and heroin dealers, somehow survive school and find a paper willing to take him on His love for his mother, stepfather Lyle, his father and brothers shines out Dalton s story is engaging and compelling, beautifully written and peopled with fully fleshed characters with an ending that will have you cheering for Eli as he gets his chance to take on the drug lords.I should also say how much I love the cover with that colour and energy bursting outwards just like the novel The little bluebird in the centre has a significant meaning for Eli and the three word title and chapter headings reflect advice given to Eli when he meets his future news editor that a story should be able to be summed up in three words Highly recommended a novel that is full of life and love and will surely win a lot of literary awards With thanks to Netgalley and Harper Collins Australia for a digital copy of this book Well, what can I say, but Trent Dalton, you have left me speechless I ve had Boy Swallows Universe on my shelf for several months now, not wanting to pick it up, afraid it wouldn t live up to the hype It lives up to it, and It s the coming of age tale of Eli, growing up in Brisbane s western suburbs, raised by drug dealers We follow Eli and his brother August, through all the bad things life could throw at them, yet there are a lot of positives in their lives too Living in Brisbane I m familiar with many of the locations in this book, and knowing that it is semi autobiographical, it really comes to life Totally absorbing, I lost a day reading this book This book will make you laugh, it will make you cry It is simply magnificent Thankyou Trent Dalton The key characters all draw on the people I love most in the world The most beautiful and complex people I ve ever known, and I never even had to walk out the door of my house to find them I just wanted to give the world a story To turn all these crazy and sad and tragic and beautiful things I ve seen into a crazy, sad, tragic and beautiful story Trent Dalton from an article by Dalton on why her wrote this book I read the above article after I finished this book and read the author s note about how much of this novel is based on his childhood experiences and the story became so much meaningful Knowing this made me love these characters even , and in spite of a few reservations, Trent Dalton has absolutely turned all these crazy and sad and tragic and beautiful things I ve seen into a crazy, sad, tragic and beautiful story I have to admit that there were times when some of the things that happened here just didn t feel realistic and some things towards the end felt over the top Maybe it was because I couldn t be any removed from this world of drug dealers in this Brisbane suburb where these boys are raised Yet, there is so much that l did love about this book and these characters that I couldn t help but care about There is a truth to how much love this story emanates The silent understanding between Eli and his brother Gus, the friendship between Eli and Slim, the real Arthur Slim Holliday, a criminal and jail breaker, Eli s unconditional love for his mother and her boyfriend Lyle, in spite of the sordid and dangerous life of drug dealing that the boys are in the middle of these are the things that make this such a beautiful story Dalton is an award winning Australian journalist, whom I had never heard of until now This is his first novel and he is definitely on my radar now, with my hopes that he will write another.I received an advanced copy of this book from HarperCollins through Edelweiss.

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