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224 pages
Paperback, 21 x 14.8 cm
Published July 2023
ISBN 9781922725462


Pip Adam

A genre-bending new novel from the winner of the Acorn Prize and the author of Nothing to See.

A spaceship called Audition is hurtling through the cosmos. Squashed immobile into its largest room are three giants: Alba, Stanley and Drew. If they talk, the spaceship keeps moving; if they are silent, they resume growing.

Talk they must, and as they do, Alba, Stanley and Drew recover their shared memory of what has been done to their former selves – experiences of imprisonment, violence and misrecognition, of disempowerment and underprivilege.

Pip Adam’s uncategorisable new novel, part science fiction, part social realism, asks what happens when systems of power decide someone takes up too much room – about how we imagine new forms of justice, and how we transcend the bodies and selves we are given. 

Pip Adam is one of my favourite authors and Audition is my new favourite book. Hurtling through space and time with three giants who immediately gripped my heart is the place I want to be in literature. A powerful work of social commentary, a bodily exploration and a feat of imagination, all written with Adam’s trademark poise: this is the genre-bending book of the year.
Laura Jean McKay

Uncanny and astounding…in parts sci-fi, absurdist, fabulist, social realist…readers may find themselves equal parts unmoored and floored by this thrilling novel. I haven’t stopped thinking about it.
Deborah Crabtree, Books+Publishing

Praise for Nothing to See:

Brilliantly written…Pip Adam shows us what it is to fall apart and the cost of being reconstituted.
Australian Book Review

A complex and mind-bending exploration of the challenges of staying together…It invites readers to consider the many ways the developed world is fragmenting and dividing women.
Mascara Literary Review

A total masterpiece. Gripping, weird, funny, close to the bone. An intense portrait of sobriety, a mystery, a sci-fi novel, an urgent book about living in our panoptical present.
Das Kois

About the Author

Pip Adam

Pip Adam is the author of three novels: Nothing to See, The New Animals, which won the Acorn Foundation Prize for Fiction, and I’m Working on a Building, as well as the short story collection Everything We Hoped For, which won the NZSA Hubert Church Best First Book Award for Fiction.

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Readers may find themselves equal parts unmoored and floored by this thrilling novel.