Boy Swallows Universe is a coming-of-age story about love, crime, magic and fate by one of Australia’s most exciting new novelists, The Australian journalist Trent Dalton. On the violent fringes of 1980s Brisbane lives Eli, a 12-year-old boy with a mute brother, lost father, imprisoned mother and heroin-dealing stepdad. Trent chats with Matthew Condon about Eli’s search for love and friendship as they discuss this novel’s exhilarating fusion of originality, pathos, humour and charm.

Trent Dalton (Australian)

Trent Dalton

Trent Dalton is a staff writer at The Weekend Australian Magazine. He's a two-time Walkley Award winner and four-time winner of the Kennedy Award for excellence in NSW journalism. His debut novel was Boy Swallows Universe and his latest book is By Sea & Stars: The Story of the First Fleet.

Matthew Condon (Australian)

Matthew Condon

Matthew Condon has been a journalist for more than 30 years, and for the past decade has been investigating crime and corruption in Queensland and New South Wales. He is the author of the bestselling true crime trilogy Three Crooked Kings, Jacks and Jokers and All Fall Down. His new book The Night Dragon, centres on the fatal Whiskey Au Go Go nightclub firebombing in Brisbane in 1973. Matthew was awarded an Order of Australia Media in 2018 for his services to journalism and the community.