NORTHAM teacher and author Guy Salvidge’s recently published novel Yellowcake Springs imagines a town loosely based on Northam – only it is owned by nuclear power company CIQ Sinocorp.

Salvidge’s speculative fiction is his second novel following the release of The Kingdom of Four Rivers in 2009.

The part-time writer gets most of his literary work done during school holidays, which stretched out the completion of Yellowcake Springs to almost three years.

Nevertheless, Salvidge said he was happy with his latest offering, having recently bagged the Interactive Publications 2011 Best Fiction award.

“The idea for this novel came about three years ago when the WA Liberals stated nuclear power as an option before the last election,” he said.

Salvidge will launch the book on November 12 at the Two Stories Book Cafe, in Northam, from 10am and on November 13 at the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers Centre in Greenmount from 12.30pm. For more details, call 0429379990 or e-mail guysalvidge @ 

I will be holding a couple of launches/signings for Yellowcake Springs in November. If you live in Perth or the Avon Valley, I’d love to see you on one of these days.

Launch #1 – 10am Saturday 12th November at Two Stories Book Cafe, 80 Fitzgerald Street Northam

Join me as I launch Yellowcake Springs at the Two Stories Book Cafe in Northam. There will be articles in the Avon Valley Advocate and Avon Valley Gazette promoting this event, as well as the possibility of an interview on Radiowest. 10am is the start time for this event.

Launch #2 – 12pm Sunday 13th November at Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre, 11 Old York Road Greenmount

This is a joint launch with CSFG’s latest speculative fiction anthology, Winds of Change, and will start at 12pm upon completion of KSP’s monthly speculative fiction group. Join myself, Joanna Fay, Naomi Mondello and Carol Ryles as we launch these two books.

Launch Special – Purchase a signed copy of Yellowcake Springs and receive a free ebook ofThe Kingdom of Four Rivers.

If you need any more info, leave a comment below or send me an email at guysalvidge AT

To celebrate the launch of my second novel, Yellowcake Springs, I’m offering a special deal. Instead of the regular price of $33, I’ll sell you a SIGNED copy of Yellowcake Springs for $27 Australian or equivalent AND you’ll receive a voucher for a FREE download of The Kingdom of Four Rivers from That’s two books for $27! Plus, if you live in Australia I’ll even provide postage for free. International shipment will be at cost. If this sounds like a deal, add your comment below or send me an email at

As of the 1st of October 2011, Yellowcake Springs is officially in print. The novel is published by Glass House Books, an imprint of Interactive Publications, which is based in Brisbane, Australia. Yellowcake Springs was the winner of the 2011 IP Picks Award for Best Fiction.

You can buy Yellowcake Springs at a whole range of online sellers:

Amazon (also in Kindle edition, where you can read the first 10% for free)

The Book Depository (featuring free worldwide postage)

Glass House Books (direct from the publisher)

Or if you’d like a signed copy, you can contact me directly by leaving a comment here or sending me an email at guysalvidge AT I don’t have any copies here as yet, but they should be arriving in the next couple of weeks. Thanks in advance for those who decide to give my novel a try!