Nominated by:

Auckland Libraries, New Zealand

Wellington City Libraries, New Zealand

Publisher of nominated edition:

Victoria University Press, New Zealand

The New Animals

Pip Adam      

Carla, Shannon and Duey have worked in fashion for longer than they care to remember. For them, there’s nothing new under the sun. They’re Generation X; tired, cynical and sick of being used.

Tommy, Cal and Kurt are millennials. They’ve come from nowhere, but with their monied families behind them they’re ready to remake fashion. They represent the new sincere, the anti-irony. Both generations are searching for a way out, an alternative to their messed-up reality.

Pip Adam’s new novel walks the streets of Auckland city now, examining the fashion scene, intergenerational tension and modern life with an unflinching eye. From the wreckage and waste of the 21st century, new animals must emerge.

About the author

The New Animals is Pip Adam’s second novel. She has also published a collection of short stories. Everything We Hoped For (VUP, 2010), which won the NZ Post Best First Book Award in 2011, and a novel, I’m working on a Building (VUP, 2013). Pip’s work has appeared in literary journals and anthologies in New Zealand and overseas. In 2012 she received an Arts Foundation of New Zealand New Generation Award. Pip facilitates writing workshops with people affected by crime in prisons and communities. She also makes the Better off Read podcast, in which she talks with authors about writing and reading (

Librarians’ comments:

We enjoyed this book as a perceptive and original take on today’s world, with its Auckland setting evoked with a vivid sense of place. We particularly admired the author’s courageous willingness to discomfort the reader. The judges of the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards agreed with us, choosing it for the Fiction award, the most prestigious literary prize in New Zealand.

Pip Adams is a fresh, new dynamic voice. Her novel, The New Animals, fearlessly examines the 21st century, the fashion scene, intergenerational tension and modern life in general.

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