All Our Shimmering Skies

Author(s): Trent Dalton

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The bestselling author of Boy Swallows Universe, Trent Dalton, returns with All Our Shimmering Skies - a glorious novel destined to become another Australian classic. Darwin, 1942, and as Japanese bombs rain overhead, motherless Molly Hook, the gravedigger's daughter, turns once again to the sky for guidance. She carries a stone heart inside a duffel bag next to the map that leads to Longcoat Bob, the deep country sorcerer who 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. 'Run, Molly, run,' says the daytime sky. Run to the vine forests. Run to northern Australia's wild and magical monsoon lands. Run to friendship. Run to love. Run. Because the graverobber's coming, Molly, and the night-time sky is coming with him. So run, Molly, run. All Our Shimmering Skies is a story about gifts that fall from the sky, curses we dig from the earth and the secrets we bury inside ourselves. It is an odyssey of true love and grave danger; of darkness and light; of bones and blue skies. A buoyant, beautiful and magical novel abrim with warmth, wit and wonder, a love letter to Australia and the art of looking up.    

Fierce and magical with so much heart, this novel tells the tale of a young girl, Molly Hook, who is the child in a family of gravediggers in Darwin, Australia during the second world war. The book weaves together the stories of Molly, Yukio - a heartbroken Japanese fighter pilot and Greta - an ambitious and sharply spoken actress who find themselves on a journey through the wilds of the Australian outback in search of Longcoat Bob, an Aboriginal man who put a curse on her family, a curse that Molly is determined to lift. Molly's mother taught her from a young age to always look up, to talk to the sky and receive the gifts it bestows upon her. Upon the loss of her mother, Molly receives her first sky gift, a gold pan with a message inscribed on the back by her grandfather, the thief of Longcoat Bob's gold. The message provides poetic and cryptic directions to the gold and Molly finally works up the courage to escape the miserable and oppressive life she lives with her abusive uncle and father and follow the path laid out for her, as Japanese bombs fall upon the town. The writing is evocative and beautiful magic realism combined with a gritty and harsh environment. Molly's character is hard to forget and impossible not to love. Jemma


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Australian Independent Bookseller Awards 2020 - Longlist (Fiction)




General Fields

  • : 9781460753903
  • : HarperCollins Publishers Australia
  • : HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
  • : April 2020
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Trent Dalton
  • : Paperback
  • : Sep-20
  • : en
  • : 823.92
  • : 288