Set in the seedier suburbs of Brisbane in the mid-1980s. The characters are flawed yet fabulous, the premise bizarre yet believable, and the storytelling sublime. Boy Swallows Universe is an unconventional coming-of-age tale, offering an honest yet empathetic glimpse at life on the fringes of drug deals, casual violence and organised crime. Narrator Eli and his mute brother Augustus live with their reformed junkie mum and her partner, Lyle. The boys’ babysitter, Slim, is a charismatic and kind-hearted criminal, notorious for his escapes from Boggo Road Gaol. The book that everyone is reading, based on Trent Dalton’s childhood in Brisbane.Set in the seedier suburbs of Brisbane in the mid-1980s.