The Courier's New Bicycle

by Kim Westwood

On Sale: 01/08/2011


About the Book

A beautifully written story of the near-future and its murky underworld ...

A beautifully written story of the near future and its murky underworld ... Salisbury Forth is a courier of contraband in the alleyways of inner Melbourne, a city of fuel rationing, rolling power outages and curfews. It's a stressful life, post-pandemic. A vaccine dispensed Australia-wide is causing mass infertility, and the government has banned all remedies except prayer. Vigilantes prowl for transgressors while the pious gather like moths under the streetlights at dusk. then someone starts trading tainted hormones on the boss's patch. Salisbury must find whoever is trying to destroy the business before everything goes belly up ... Praise for Kim Westwood: 'a stylist, with a line in lyricism, and a nice sense of humour ... a richly peopled canvas' SUNDAY AGE 'a gorgeous journey, a strong declaration of the arrival of a distinctive voice in Australian literature' COURIER MAIL 'beautiful, unsettling' AUStRALIAN BOOK REVIEW

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780732289881
  • ISBN 10: 0732289882
  • Imprint: Voyager - AU
  • On Sale: 01/08/2011
  • Pages: 336
  • List Price: 24.99 AUD
  • BISAC1: Fiction & related items / Fantasy


Kim Westwood was a weedy, asthmatic kid who devoured books like dinner. This made her want to cook up her own stuff. She developed her distinctive visual prose style while working as a theatre performer and deviser. Darkly poetic, her stories have a preoccupation with humanity's capacity for destruction and equal instinct for survival. Many are set in an alternative-reality Australia. In 2002, Kim won an Aurealis Award for her short story, ‘The Oracle'. Since then, her stories have been chosen for Year's Best anthologies in Australia and the USA, for ABC radio, and taken out the Judges' Prize at the Scarlet Stiletto Awards. She is the recipient of a prestigious Varuna Fellowship for her first novel, The Daughters of Moab. Her second novel, The Courier's New Bicycle, won an Aurealis and a Ditmar award, was shortlisted for both the Ned Kelly and Davitt crime fiction awards, and has been chosen as a Tiptree Award Honour Book. She is currently completing the sequel.

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