Pip Adam's experimental novel, The New Animals has taken out New Zealand's top fiction prize. The novel parodies the Auckland fashion scene; part gritty social realism, part science fiction. Judges describe it as an confrontational, revelatory novel that holds a mirror up to contemporary New Zealand culture. "The New Animals handles a large ensemble of unrooted characters with skill. It's stylistically raw and reveals a good deal in a modest way. The New Animals is vivid in imagery and imagination. It will give you an electric shock"