Boy Swallows Universe is an epic novel about growing up and the childhood roots that keep us tied to the ground. Following a young boy named Eli through the mean, drug-addled streets of Brisbane in the mid-1980s, it’s a tale of friendship, love, and family that will both fill you with joy and break your heart. But don’t just believe us – its fans include everyone from Elizabeth Gilbert (she called it “astonishing, captivating”) to Joel Edgerton, who has optioned the book to turn it into a film. Boy Swallows Universe is one in a million; a literary sensation. Trent Dalton is a writer and journalist based in Brisbane, Australia. He is the author of three books: A non-fiction account of Australian colonization called The Sea and the Stars: The Story of the First Fleet, and two novels. The first, Boy Swallows Universe, was released to universal critical acclaim in 2018. The second, All Our Shimmering Skies, was released in 2020. Boy Swallows Universe is an Australian bestselling novel, winner of Book of the Year at the 2019 Indie Book Awards, a record four Australian Book Industry Awards in 2019 and the Glenda Adams Award for New Writing at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards in 2019. Want to chat about what you’re reading with fellow book lovers? Join Reads. by Bed Threads, our Facebook group dedicated to all things books.