Adam, Pip


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Audition is hurtling through space towards the event horizon. Squashed into its rooms are three giants: Alba, Stanley and Drew. If they talk, the spaceship keeps moving; if they are silent, they resume growing. As they talk, they recover their shared memory of what has been done to their incarcerated former selves. Part science fiction, part social realism, Audition asks what happens when systems of power decide someone takes up too much room, and imagines a new kind of justice.

Format: Paperback
Imprint: Te Herenga Waka University Press
Publication date: 13/07/2023

Staff review

by Pip Adam
Review by Ray

I don’t know how to find the words to describe this book, but I do know that I want a lot of people to read it. This experimental novel is about re-imagining prisons and justice, told through the story of three giants hurtling through space on the Audition. At turns claustrophobic, deeply unsettling, brutal, deliciously sensory, infuriating, trippy, and hopeful, this story, and the lives of Alba, Stanley, and Drew, will stay with me for a very long time. If you’re able to let yourself be carried by this strange novel, though it may first feel impenetrable, the challenges and rewards it offers are invaluable, moving, and essential.