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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.


Publicity and marketing

An extensive publicity and influencer campaign began this week. You can expect to see and hear Chris Flynn everywhere, with coverage confirmed in the following outlets.
The Guardian
The Weekend Australian
The Australian Financial Review
The Courier Mail
Brisbane News
The Big Issue
Tasmanian Times
Good Weekend
Sunday Life
The Saturday Paper
WHO Weekly
The West Australian
ABC Radio Melbourne
ABC Radio Adelaide
Better Reading
ABC Radio National ‘The Book Show’

An Instagram influencer review campaign will roll-out over the next four weeks that will reach 83,000 people. Supplemented by paid advertising across both Facebook and Instagram, we are delighted that on 28 April internationally bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert will post her own review of Mammoth to her 3 million social media followers.



About the author

Chris Flynn is the author of The Glass Kingdom and A Tiger in Eden, which was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Prize. His fiction and non-fiction have appeared in The Age, The Australian, Griffith Review, Meanjin, Australian Book Review, The Saturday Paper, Smith Journal, The Big Issue, Monster Children, McSweeney’s and many other publications. He has conducted interviews for The Paris Review and is a regular presenter at literary festivals across Australia. Chris lives on Phillip Island, next to a penguin sanctuary.
You can read a Q&A with Chris here.


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Early praise for Mammoth

‘Chris Flynn has written a brilliant, hilarious, and curiously moving novel, featuring one of the best narrators in literary history and – without a doubt – the single best narrator in natural history. Why has nobody ever written a novel from the point of view of a mammoth’s skeleton before? Because nobody was ever smart enough to do it. I simply love this story.’—Elizabeth Gilbert, author of City of Girls, The Signature of All Things and Eat, Pray, Love

Mammoth is an extraordinary gambit of the storytelling imagination of Chris Flynn, and a new way of listening to all the narratives of what we have supplanted. Mammoth is playful and serious, encapsulating the macro-history of all life in the tale of one species. I don’t think anyone else has quite done that.’—Thomas Keneally, author of Schindler’s Ark and Gossip from the Forest

‘Funny, warm and totally unique – I loved it.’—Favel Parrett, author of Past the Shallows, When the Night Comes and There Was Still Love

‘What an absolute joy of a book! If you’ve been feeling like the novel is an endangered species, then Mammoth is the book to bring it back to life for you. Mammoth shows anthropocentrism as the laughable delusion that it is, while still affirming the value and significance of story. This 13,000-year-old skeleton is my favourite character in years, and this hilarious and heartbreaking book is precisely what we hominids need right now. Read it immediately!’—Emily Bitto, author of The Strays

Mammoth is a little gem of a book and a joy to read. It defies categorisation – historical fiction, social commentary, humour (in spades) and a look at humanity’s impact on the planet through the eyes of a creature we once shared it with, all singing together so nicely.’—Meg Keneally, author of Fled and The Monsarrat Series

‘Long before the US–USSR “Missile gap” there was the US–Europe “Mammoth gap”, which President Thomas Jefferson set out to fix. Chris Flynn’s riveting mixture of fact and whimsy makes previously foreign names like Palaeospheniscus and Canis dirus memorable fellow travellers like Huck Finn and Ulysses. He gracefully leverages history to help us think about the future, big pictures and deep time.’—Dr George Church, Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School, and head of the Harvard Woolly Mammoth Revival team

‘If a fossil could speak, it would tell a thousand words. Chris Flynn’s Mammoth elegantly fuses fiction with fact and reminds us that fossils are not just objects of curiosity and fascination. They are the remains of once-living creatures who had emotions, who fought, loved, and survived…superb storytelling.’—Dr Gilbert Price, Senior Lecturer in Palaeontology, The University of Queensland


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