"I scream. Then the redness. Then the blackness."
The book is some 470 pages - you zip through them, turning page after page as the conversations take up most of the book and they are as natural as they are exceptional.
His humour is wonderful. Sarcastic, playful, boyish and charming. I laughed out loud on many a page. The pages full of places in Queensland and more specifically Brisbane with references to events and places the time, which make it alive and engaging.
His title is the enigmatic Boy Swallows Universe. Eli Bell the principal boy and his mainly mute brother August take us into their world - indeed they swallow us up good and proper. They take us with them over several years in which the boys grow up, encounter many difficult moments which they have to make sense of and come out the other side with a great plan for the future. It is affirming of life and family in a way that perhaps we would not expect, given the characters and their trajectory. It is a reminder that home is so important and the love of those closest to you is precious no matter what the circumstances and for that, he has achieved a real winner.