The Courier's New Bicycle

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HarperVoyager, 2011 - Aurealis Awards 2011 - 327 pages
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 who's 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.

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A novel set in a dystopian theocratic future Melbourne. Throw in some gender politics, a little action and post pandemic infertility you have the makings of an intriguing tale. For the most part the ... Read full review

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User Review  - veracite - LibraryThing

What I liked the most about this book was any strong gender expression was performative. For some reason not made explicit in the book, characters kept asking Sal to find things out for them. Frankly ... Read full review

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