All Our Shimmering Skies

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All Our Shimmering Skies by Trent Dalton


ISBN
9781460753903
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Paperback
Pages
448
Dimensions
155 x 235mm

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: a razor-tongued actress named Greta and a fallen Japanese fighter pilot named Yukio. '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 the darkness and the 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.
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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: a razor-tongued actress named Greta and a fallen Japanese fighter pilot named Yukio. '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 the darkness and the 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.
ISBN:
9781460753903
Publication Date:
28 / 09 / 2020
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
155 x 235mm
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Trent Dalton has written another book full of wonderful characters, full of imagination, magic and wonder. A much anticipated follow up to his award winning novel of the year It's a completely new story in a new time and new place, but that Dalton voice is just as strong and descriptive and captive. - Jade (QBD)
, 14/10/2020
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Take a journey through time with this captivating story. This Australian novel has far exceeded my expectation. Delve into a magical story with a brave, head strong and quirky main character, this book is full of emotion and adventure. - Amber (QBD)
, 14/10/2020
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The authortakes us on an epic magical quest through the Northern Territory in the year 1942. We follow main character Molly, the little gravedigger girl as she embarks on a life changing journey. Full of melodrama and magical realism, you will smile, you will laugh and you will cry and will be left with a sense of wonder at the bravery and heart people hold within during the darkest times. - Chantelle (QBD)
, 14/10/2020
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Molly Hook, a girl who's heart is about to turn into stone embarks on an adventure to cure the curse that has been bestowed on her family. With the loss of her mum, an abusive uncle and an emotional unavailable father. Molly looks to the skies for inspiration, for gifts that are yet to be given. Trent Dalton's Novel is the posion of the tortures in life and the cure. - Lauren (QBD)
, 14/10/2020
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Filled with poetic and beautiful descriptions of the Australian landscape, this is Australian storytelling at it's finest. Molly is a true thunderbolt of a character who will hit you right in the feels. You'll laugh and cry, but ultimately be better for having read this masterpiece. - Jessalyn (QBD)
, 14/10/2020
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Dalton has put pen to heart in this literary masterpiece - a superb follow up for those who enjoyed 'Boy Swallows Universe'. With a masterfully created backdrop of Australia's north and the raining bombs of WWII, you can't help but eagerly follow Molly as she navigates the darkness and the light of trauma, secrets, friendship and hope. - Katelyn (QBD)
, 05/10/2020
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Dalton's latest novel is a feast for the senses and soup for the soul. A tale of love, loss, grief and hope, Molly's plight will soften even the hardest of hearts.With Aussie larikins, unexpected heroes and plenty of adventure, it's a guaranteed hit for lovers of historical fiction and epic adventures. - Natasha (QBD)
, 04/10/2020
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If you don't hold your head high and look up, you might miss all the beauty the world has to offer. It's 1942 in Darwin, Australia, and yet Molly Hook still manages this, whilst also navigating her grim reality with an unbridled sense of optimism. Dalton once again emboldens his readers with a touching display of how a young girl's unrelenting hope grows to conquer her grief. - Brandon (QBD)
, 03/10/2020
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"All Our Shimmering Skies" paints Australia with a brush rarely used, rendering the bombing of Darwin in vivid, dreamlike light and prose. Molly Hook, subject of the family curse, seeks a remedy to this, heading along the trail her grandfather left many years ago. With absolutely gorgeous imagery, fantastic plot, and a wonderfully unexpetced ending, Dalton has outdone himself in his sophomore work - Lewis (QBD)
, 01/10/2020
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It's finally here, our most anticipated book of the year. And WOW was it worth the wait. All Our Shimmering Skies is an absolute masterpiece. Set in Darwin during WWII, we see 13-year-old gravedigger Molly Hook set off on a journey through the bush to lift a curse cast upon her ancestors. With Dalton's incredible writing and a cast of dynamic characters, this book will stay with you. A must read! - Charlotte (QBD)
, 01/10/2020
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Boy Swallows Universe is a tough act to follow, but Trent Dalton's 2nd book is just as poetic and whimsical as his first. Filled with strong women characters in the beautiful Northern Territory, this is both magical and powerful. A must read. - Megan (QBD)
, 30/09/2020
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An enriching experience of Australian magical realism set to the backdrop of Darwin in WWII, this is sure to set your soul alight. Fantastical and yet so down to earth, Molly Hook captured my heart and Trent Dalton transported me to Darwin. - Jamie (QBD)
, 29/09/2020
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From the best selling authur Trent Dalton "All our shimmering skies" is another engaging and beautifully written book. It's a real page turner and not at all what i expected. 10/10 would recommend - Krystal (QBD)
, 29/09/2020
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Molley Hook isn't just the Gravediggers daughter or the poor motherless child, she's strong and courageous. With her prize possessions put carefully in her bag she sets off with two unusual travelling companions. They travel through the beauty and horrors of Northern Australia trying to find the sorcerer who put a curse on her family. - Karen (QBD)
, 29/09/2020
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A coming of age story set against the bombing of Darwin in 1942, All Our Shimmering Skies is Trent Dalton's latest literary masterpiece. Following 12-year old Molly, a grave-diggers daughter, and Yukio, a fallen Japenese pilot as their paths collide, this book is a reminder to look right in front of us for the gifts the universe has to offer. - Sarah (QBD)
, 29/09/2020
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If 'Boy Swallows Universe' was a masterpiece, 'All Our Shimmering Skies' is an absolute pièce de résistance. Dalton has such an imaginative flair for language, his novels read like pure poetry! Prepare for Molly Hook, the gravedigger's daughter, to steal your heart, as she sets out to save her family. Ever guided by the all encompassing sky, Molly's journey will capture your soul and never let go! - Alyssa (QBD)
, 29/09/2020
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Trent Dalton's follow up novel to his critically acclaimed Boy Swallow Universe had some big shoes to fill. Luckily and thankfully All Our Shimmering Skies did not disappoint. This adventurous book takes a band of unlikly travel companions through the Australian outback during WWII. Molly Hook is joined by an actress and a downed japanese fighter pilot to seek out sorcerer Longcoat Bob. - Sean (QBD)
, 29/09/2020
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Trent Dalton has done it again..what a talented and clever writer he is! My favourite read of the year so far..love love LOVED it!! - Yvonne (QBD)
, 29/09/2020
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Wow! If you thought Boy Swallows universe was a good read, wait until you try this one! From the beginning, I was hooked and drawn into this amazing story. If you're looking for a gift for someone else, or a book for yourself, look no further. Plus, who can resist this gorgeous cover?! - Alexandra (QBD)
, 29/09/2020
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Darwin Australia, 1942. Molly Hook is almost 13 and working in the family business of burying the dead. She passes the day hiding from her life, reading and watching the sky for gifts with Bert her best friend. One day an aeroplane with a red mark falls from the sky. What does this gift mean? An awesome, Australian coming of age story. Taste the dirt. Look to the sky. Seek the gifts. - Raychel (QBD)
, 29/09/2020
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Well AOSS is written with Dalton's now quirky style that we have come to expect. Greta the grave diggers daughter is plunged into family dramas from a very young age. But Greta finds her answers in the sky and brings her odd group of friends along for some mad adverntures. Poetic and imaginative with Dalton's unique brand of humour. Not one to be missed! - Gillian (QBD)
, 29/09/2020
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This book checked so many boxes for me - having loved Boy Swallows Universe, I knew I was in for a treat but all of my expectations were exceeded. The rich Australian settings, the characters that leap from the pages and pull you into their fantastical adventure and, oh, don't forget that sprinkling of WWII. Trent Dalton has undoubtedly created another modern classic! - Karen (QBD)
, 29/09/2020
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So different from what I was expecting. So much more than what I was expecting. Beautiful girls doing unbelievable things. It's magical and fantastical but so, so down to earth. You'll love it, guaranteed. I felt that I was there with Molly, the little gravedigger girl every long step of the way in Northern Australia. The author introduces truly special characters to the reader. - Tineke (QBD)
, 29/09/2020
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This was amazing from start to finish. Two very enthusiastic thumbs up!! - Cassey-Leigh (QBD)
, 29/09/2020
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All Our Shimmeriing Skies is another beautifully written journey By Trent Dalton. Set during WWII 12 year old gravedigger girl Molly, takes you on a journey full of bravery, greed, adventure, grief hatred and of course love. Molly's search for the Great Silver Road and her dead Mother's Sky Gifts will keep you riveted to the page, chanting "Run Molly Run...!" - Melanie (QBD)
, 29/09/2020
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A beautifully descriptive celebration of Australia, All Our Shimmering Skies takes us on a journey alongside Molly, the little gravedigger girl, a she ventures on a quest to find a family, a home and some understanding of who she could be. Perfect for the lover of any genre, this one is sure to be my go-to gift for Christmas this year. - Alison (QBD)
, 29/09/2020
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This is so very different to Boy Swallows Universe, and yet similar at the same time.I fell in love with Molly Hook in the first chapter and that just grew throughout the novel into a true obsession. There is a full cast of wonderful quirky heroes and villians and when I reached the end I wanted to go back and just start it all over again. - Karen (QBD)
, 29/09/2020
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Off the back of his widely successful "Boy Swallows Universe" Dalton has done the hard task of creating another capitivating novel. Transporting us back to the '40s, Dalton has woven a narrative of love and loss, bringing with him the some of the writing that made us fall in love with him. A deeply heartwarming tale that is sure to leave us wanting a third novel! - Dion (QBD)
, 29/09/2020
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'Boy Swallows Universe' is a hard book to follow up on, but Dalton does it. A gravedigger's daughter, run away from war-hit Darwin, carrying a stone heart on her quest to break a family curse. It's strange, brutal, beautiful. Hold onto your hat, and your heart. - Amy (QBD)
, 29/09/2020
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We begin with little Molly Hook escaping from the bombing of WW2 in Darwin... and then race off with her on a mystical adventure through the love and pain of life and death, painted in the ever-changing colours of Australia in all its devastatingly beautiful land and history. There is no stopping and no preparation you can give yourself for this emotional roller coaster. Just run with Molly - Leisha (QBD)
, 29/09/2020
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A beautiful poetic story from Trent Dalton, an author with grace and history weaved throughout his stories. Powerhouse characters with nothing to lose except themselves, this is the perfect book to read to dive into a pool of heartbreak, loss and war, I cannot recommend this one enough. 5 stars. - Jacqueline (QBD)
, 28/09/2020
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Trent Dalton has done it again with another fantastic read! Set in 1942 Darwin, this story follows Molly Hook and her unlikely comapnions Greta and Yukioas, as Molly again turns to the skies for guidance. The language is evocative, leaving you with the taste of magic in your mouth as you devour the book page by page. - Elizabeth (QBD)
, 28/09/2020
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Filled with as much intrigue as his first novel, Trent Dalton's follow up book does not disapoint. His fine line of magical realsim combined with classical Australian drama set in the Northern Territory makes this read unforgetable! - Jenna (QBD)
, 28/09/2020
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Molly, the grave digger girl looks up at the sky, her world is both magical and strange. A world where the war is only just beginning to be felt in the looming ships far off the coast. She believes in the truth of her family's curse. That Longcoat Bob cursed her kin, so their hearts turned to stone. She will be the one to find him and convince him to undo it. A beautiful enchantmenting book. - Vanessa (QBD)
, 28/09/2020
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This magical novel follows the story of 12 year old Molly, a lost yet eccentric girl who talks to the sky and digs graves with a shovel she calls her best friend. As Japanese bombs rain overhead, she runs away from Darwin and begins an epic journey with unlikely companions Greta and Yukio. Trent Dalton certainly set the bar high with Boy Swallows Universe and I truly believe he has done it again! - Tia (QBD)
, 28/09/2020
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A sensitively written story about the triumph of hope in the bleakest of circumstances. Set in Darwin pre World War 2, it follows Molly Hook, the child of gravedigger Horace, facing challenges that no child should with a strength and fortitude that belies her age. Sometimes stark and confronting, but always evocative. Highly recommended for lovers of Australian literature . - Fiona (QBD)
, 28/09/2020
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Molly Hook, she's the gravediggers daughter and is constantly looking to the sky for the answers. As grandiose as the title promises. It's a story filled with adventure, lost treasure, beautiful friendships, curses and the savagery of the outback. Trent drips magic and wonder throughout here which is profound and accessible. This is the follow up you've been craving and it delivers on every level. - Sean (QBD)
, 28/09/2020
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Set in Australia’s Northern Territory 1942, it tells the tale of Molly Hook, the gravedigger’s daughter and the quest for the man who put a curse on her family - Longcoat Bob. Molly carries a stone heart in her duffel, and sets out with Greta - the crass mouthed actress, and Yukio - the fallen, broken Japanese fighter pilot. This is a journey, reminding us to "always look up". - Kirsty (QBD)
, 24/09/2020
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This book has great characters, an epic journey that was well written. Well done Trent Dalton!!!! - Louise (QBD)
, 22/09/2020
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A truly brilliant story from one of Australia’s best literary voices- Trent Dalton's "All the Shimmering Skies" is a heartacheingly gorgeous novel. Set in Darwin WWII, an unlikely group of travellers must venture together to find the deep country sorcerer Longcoat Bob. Destine to become an Australian classic, "All the Shimmering Skies" will stay with you long having read the final page. - Kale (QBD)
, 22/09/2020
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Trent Dalton has written another fantastically magical book. Set in Darwin during WWII, there is whimsy and enjoyment in the story of Molly Hook. He has written a heartwarming and positive novel, recommended reading for anyone who wants something different. - Karina (QBD)
, 22/09/2020

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