Trent Dalton is a Brisbane journalist who over recent years has written two hugely successful novels : Boy Swallows Universe and All Our Shimmering Skies, with the former having been transformed into a stage production.
At the end of 2020 Dalton inherited a 1970’s sky-blue Olivetti Studio 44 typewriter from a mate’s mother. Dalton vowed to write something “filled with love and depth and truth and frankness and heart.” He didn’t want to write anything cynical and glib because “the market for cynical and glib has been flooded”. Hallelujah to that, Mr Dalton..
So Dalton packed up his Olivetti Studio 44 typewriter, a fold up table from BCF ( a Boating, Camping and Fishing specialist store) and two camping chairs and set up a station in the heart of Brisbane’s shopping and business precinct for two weeks requesting personal love stories from passing foot traffic. The result is Love Stories, a deeply moving collection of stories about love and hate and everything else in between.
I loved this book because it is uplifting and offers hope. The stories are often “messy”, but are authentic and shared with joy. It is one of those books that can be dipped into as required. And yes, it is a reminder that love in all its various forms is stronger than Covid. Grateful for the nudge Mr Dalton…….
Interestingly, this book has promoted a kind of new literary game. The author “believes in love”-
My turn :
I believe in the luck of the Irish – four leaf clovers, leprechauns and fairies at the bottom of the garden. I believe every time a child says that they “don’t believe in fairies” somewhere, someplace, a fairy drops down dead. I believe Puff the Magic Dragon was real but think the existence of unicorns is taking it too far.
Your turn. Have a go in the comments…….