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Author Talk: Meet Trent Dalton - Carindale Library

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Carindale Library

Westfield Carindale Shopping Centre

1151 Creek Road

Carindale, QLD 4152

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Boy Swallows Universe is a captivating coming-of-age story set in Brisbane’s violent working class suburban fringe, inspired by the real-life events of journalist Trent Dalton’s complicated youth.

Dalton’s debut novel tells the story of 13-year-old Eli Bell who finds comfort in his extraordinary imagination as a means of escaping from his complicated life with a mute brother, a mother in jail, a heroin dealer for a stepfather and a notorious crim for a babysitter.

Surrounded by chaos, Eli sets out on an ambitious suburban odyssey that sees him break into Boggo Road Gaol to rescue his mum, meet the father he doesn’t remember, come face-to-face with the criminals who tore his world apart, and fall in love with the girl of his dreams.

A surprising, funny and tender novel that captures both the light and shade of Australian suburbia and reminds us that, with a little imagination, even lost souls can change their fate.

Join Trent in-conversation with Kári Gíslason as he discusses Boy Swallows Universe.

Books will be available for purchase on the night, or bring your copy from home for Trent to sign.

Presented as part of the Lord Mayor’s Writers in Residence series.

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