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"...a story of love and friendship and the sky, and the small wonders of this beautiful world.”

One of the most anticipated releases of 2020, award-winning writer of Boy Swallows Universe, Trent Dalton returns with All Our Shimmering Skies

In just over a year, Trent Dalton became a record-breaking, bestselling, multi-award-winning novelist – all with his very first book. Boy Swallows Universe was an instant Australian classic – dominating bedside book piles and selling more than 375,000 copies in 18 months to become the fastest selling fiction debut in Australian history. Loved at home and abroad, it was the first book to ever win four prizes at the Australian Book Industry Awards, and is being published globally across 34 English language and translation territories. It’s currently being adapted for the small screen and for the stage.

Trent’s latest novel, All Our Shimmering Skies, is an exhilarating tale of love, friendship and gifts that fall from the sky. Set in Darwin, 1942, a gravedigger’s daughter goes on an epic quest to lift a curse on her family, aided by her two unlikely travel companions – Greta, a razor-tongued actress and Yukio, a fallen Japanese fighter pilot. An odyssey of true love and grave danger, All Our Shimmering Skies is a story about the power of legacies – those we inherit and those we shape for ourselves.

Joined by Annabel Crabb, Trent discusses his extraordinary rise to literary acclaim, the much-loved international phenomenon, Boy Swallows Universe, and his latest novel, All Our Shimmering Skies.

Trent Dalton (Australian)

Trent Dalton

Trent Dalton is an award-winning journalist at The Weekend Australian Magazine. His writing includes several short and feature-length film screenplays. He was nominated for a 2010 AFI Best Short Fiction screenplay award for his latest film, Glenn Owen Dodds, which also won the prestigious International Prix Canal award at the world's largest short film festival, the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. Dalton's debut feature film screenplay, In the Silence, is currently in production.

Annabel Crabb (Australian)

Annabel Crabb

Annabel Crabb is a writer and presenter for the ABC. She's also a keen amateur podcaster and co-hosts the inexplicably popular Chat 10, Looks 3 podcast with her colleague Leigh Sales, who lends credibility to the exercise. Annabel has worked extensively in newspapers, radio and TV as a political journalist and won a Walkley Award for Stop At Nothing: The Life And Adventures of Malcolm Turnbull. She published a bestselling book about gender and work, The Wife Drought, in 2014 and has published two cookbooks with childhood friend Wendy Sharpe, the latest of which is Special Guest. Her most recent Quarterly Essay is Men at Work.