ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Molly Hook is the gravedigger girl; her father and his brother manage the poorer cemetery of Darwin. Almost entirely neglected - indeed, subject to abuse - Molly is a curious and inquisitive child, who talks to the sky. She believes her mother is there handing her gifts, but she also believes that all the evils that befall her family are caused by a curse placed on her grandfather by Longcoat Bob. When the Japanese start bombing Darwin, Molly is convinced she has to find Longcoat Bob to remove the hex, so with her best friends Bert, her shovel and Greta the beautiful barmaid/actress/lover of Molly's uncle, she sets off into the wild country. As they journey into the landscape, they find a Japanese pilot and meet people who will help and harm them... Dalton's tumbling prose is colourful, almost breathless, his characters are marvellously observed and his storytelling - well, it's a great delight indeed! Lindy Jones
Trent Dalton, bestselling author of Boy Swallows Universe, returns with All Our Shimmering Skies - a glorious novel destined to become another Australian classic. Shipping Australia-wide & international.
Darwin, 1942, and as Japanese bombs rain down, motherless Molly Hook, the gravedigger's daughter, is looking to the skies and running for her life. Inside a duffel bag, she carries a stone heart, alongside a map to lead her to Longcoat Bob, the deep-country sorcerer who she believes put a curse on her family. By her side are the most unlikely travelling companions: Greta, a razor-tongued actress, and Yukio, a fallen Japanese fighter pilot. The treasure lies before them, but close behind them trails the dark. And above them, always, are the shimmering skies.
A story about gifts that fall from the sky, curses we dig from the earth and the secrets we bury inside ourselves, All Our Shimmering Skies
is an odyssey of true love and grave danger, of darkness and light, of bones and blue skies. It is a love letter to Australia and an ode to the art of looking up - a buoyant, beautiful and magical novel, abrim with warmth, wit and wonder.