Having seen readers and booksellers alike swoon for his debut book, Boy Swallows Universe, we expect much of the same universal love for his newest, All Our Shimmering Skies. We cheekily asked Trent what it’s like having captured the heart of Australia…

Occasional budding investigative reporter that I am, I decided to do some deep digging into the veracity of any rumours and reports that might have suggested a wiry, pasty, pot-bellied, dad-bodied, banana-bending git such as I could be worthy of such a title. After some surprisingly exhaustive and explosive late night phone debates with everyone from Keneally to Winton to every Miles Franklin judging panellist since 2008, it is with great regret that I must inform you glorious and loyal readers of the Harry Hartog Summer Catalogue that, in fact, the title of ‘Australia’s Literary Heartthrob’ remains in the rightful ownership of my long-time literary man-crush, Markus Zusak. I can also say this with profound authority, having met the man in person beneath the billowing shelter of a writers’ festival signing tent last year. He thieved no books that long perfect day, to be sure. But boy did that man steal my heart.

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