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Boy Swallows Universe

Narrated by: Stig Wemyss
Length: 16 hrs and 41 mins
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Summary

An utterly wonderful novel of love, crime, magic, fate and coming of age 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, legendary drug dealer.

But Eli's life is about to get a whole lot more serious. He's about to fall in love. And he has to break into prison 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.

©2019 Trent Dalton (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Brilliant Aussie story

Brutal at times, but beautifully written. The narrator really captures the scene and Aussie accents

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Fantastic read

This is my new favourite story. I grew up in Brisbane around the same time as this book is set, so yes, it is a familiar setting stirring many memories. It is also a harrowing story of a childhood that shouldn’t happen but sadly is common across our world. The way it is told though makes it funny, endearing, powerful and strong. Thank you for your amazing story Trent.

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  • Michele Russell
  • 09-11-19

A snapshot of life in modern day ‘burbs of Oz.

It reads as a delightful insight of underworld in the suburbs of Brisbane but with with wit humor and perspective of a teenage boy. Heavy onAussie isims but a joy to read.

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  • diane levine
  • 22-06-19

Most suitable for teenage boys.

Too long and becomes drawn out but well written. Narration fairly good but again shows this is a boys adventure story