‘Mammoth is astonishing, a novel that is by turns playful, uncomfortably excoriating, very funny and always deeply humane. The voice in Mammoth doesn’t sound like a voice I’ve ever heard before and for those of us who love books and reading this is the pleasure and the hope that we are always chasing. This novel delivers.’—Christos Tsiolkas, author of Damascus, The Slap and Barracuda
Released early and available now, Mammoth by Chris Flynn is a novel of history and humour. Illuminating a period during which ideas about science and religion underwent massive change, creating the conditions for humanity to play a key role in the destruction of the natural world, Mammoth also offers a message of hope for the future.
Narrated by a 13,000-year-old extinct mammoth, this is the (mostly) true story of how a collection of prehistoric creatures came to be on sale at a natural history auction in New York in 2007. By tracing how and when these fossils were unearthed, the novel leads us on a fascinating journey from the Pleistocene epoch to nineteenth-century America and beyond, revealing how ideas about science and religion have shaped our world.