ABA Book of the Year 2019
Longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award 2019
Indie Book of the Year Award 2019
ABIA Book of the Year 2019
ABIA Literary Book of the Year 2019
ABIA Audiobook of the Year
Matt Richell Award for new writer of the year 2019
MUD Literary Prize for debut literary fiction 2019
UTS Glenda Adams Award for new writing 2019
The bestselling novel that has taken Australia, and the world, by storm.
'Without exaggeration, the best Australian novel I have read in more than a decade ... A rollicking ride, rich in philosophy, wit, truth and pathos' Sydney Morning Herald
Brisbane, 1983: A lost father, a mute brother, a mum in jail, a heroin dealer for a stepfather and a notorious crim 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 Brisbane drug dealer.
But Eli's life is about to get a whole lot more serious. He's about to fall in love. And, oh yeah, he has to break into Boggo Road Gaol 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 read all year - an instant Australian classic.