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Publisher Description

The international bestselling author of Boy Swallows Universe, Trent Dalton returns with a glorious novel destined to become another Australian classic. 'A glinting, big-hearted miracle of a book' Richard Glover

'A work of shimmering originality and energy, with extraordinary characters and a clever, thrilling plot ... unputdownable' Sydney Morning Herald

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.

'Dalton is an author of 19th-century expansiveness, one with a sense that intelligence, talent for characterisation and sheer narrative brio can still be the whole cloth of the writer's ambition ... it is storytelling manna, fallen straight from the Territorian skies.' The Australian

'Achingly beautiful and poetic in its melancholy, All Our Shimmering Skies is a majestic and riveting tale of curses and the true meaning of treasure.' Booklist, starred review

'As Australian as outback red dirt and as universal as the sky young Molly Hook's journey takes place beneath, All Our Shimmering Skies is an open-hearted wonder, by turns heartbreaking and full of hope, no less than an instant classic' Venero Armanno

'Australia has a new literary hero. Molly Hook – part Cordelia, part Jo March, part Pippi Longstocking – pulls us into a story and a landscape that is mythic, beguiling and almost hallucinatory in its beauty. And instantly recognisable as our own' Kristina Olsson

'This is storytelling at its absolute purest, a truly courageous expression of longing, hope and love … against unimaginable odds' Asher Keddie

'All Our Shimmering Skies is the follow-up to Boy Swallows Universe we could have never imagined, but the one Dalton was destined to gift us. It's a story of heroes and villains, foxes and water buffalo, fighter planes and birds of prey, real magic and real love, epitaphs and aphorisms, lost treasure and lost life. It's a love letter to the nation. It's your favourite childhood adventure story dictated by Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman and William Shakespeare, with a score by Franz Liszt. It's dead serious. It's completely ridiculous. It's all of these things and more' Booktopia

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2020
1 October
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
448
Pages
PUBLISHER
4th Estate
SELLER
HarperCollins Australia Pty Limited
SIZE
3.6
MB

Customer Reviews

rosemmarry ,

Brilliant writing needs to be read twice over

Impossible to take in the whole plot at first read, but a slower re-read brings clarity and extra delight in the writing and joy in the natural world in the Northern Territory

Perthbloke67 ,

More more more

A true writer.

kerriandpedro ,

I knew it would be incredible, but wow

I knew this book would overcome me, that I would be completely consumed by it and I was right. I was completely transfixed by molly hook, by Greta maze and Yukio., who i so desperately wanted to live happily ever after. The description of the Australian bush, the respect for the aboriginal people in every word, and the almost unbearable anguish you can’t help but feel for Molly’s plight... a beautiful amazing story. As amazing as boy swallows universe, but more delicate, definitely more graceful.
Thank you for your beautiful work that will stay with me also, forever. Now that I’ve skimmed along it at 1000kmph, I am going back to saviour it more slowly, all over again.

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