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a novel by
Ella Baxter

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New Animal, a novel by Ella Baxter (Two Dollar Radio, 2022)

"[New Animal is] a story about sex, connection and, comically, the Tasmanian BDSM scene, that is by turns profound and funny."
—Kylie Northover, The Age


New Animal is a poignant, darkly comedic look at human connection from a biting and original new voice in Ella Baxter.

Amelia Aurelia is approaching thirty and her closest relationships — other than her mother — are through her dating apps. She works at the family mortuary business as a cosmetic mortician with her eccentric step-father and older brother, whose throuple’s current preoccupation is with what type of snake to adopt. When Amelia’s affectionate mother passes away without warning, she is left without anchor. Fleeing the funeral, she seeks solace with her birth-father in Tasmania and stumbles into the local BDSM community, where her riotous attempts to belong are met with confusion, shock, and empathy.

Hilarious and heartfelt, New Animal reveals hard-won truths as Amelia struggles to find her place in the world without her mother, with the help of her two well-intentioned fathers and adventures at the kink club.


"[New Animal is] a story about sex, connection and, comically, the Tasmanian BDSM scene, that is by turns profound and funny."
—Kylie Northover, The Age

"New Animal is a rendering of a complex moment in time—a portrait of a young woman at the precipice of great personal change and growth—and is moving in its portrayal."
—Georgia Brough, Books + Publishing

"A stunning, heartbreakingly funny novel about sex, death, grief, and running away."
—Steffanie Tan, Pedestrian

"Most striking was Baxter’s sincerity and thoughtful, nuanced approach to storytelling."
—Giulia Brugliera, Fashion Journal

"New Animal is about death and death adjacent things, but it feels flooded with life. Same with the whole ‘devastating/hilarious’ thing: it’s not a balance of two states, but an exploration of their simultaneity."
—Mia Walsch, Archer

"Ella Baxter’s debut novel New Animal introduces a gritty, honest and complex protagonist in the form of Amelia, an embalmer working as a make-up artist at her mother’s mortuary. Baxter has created a dark, beautiful, wild and engaging read with an incredible ending to match."
—Izzy White, Readings


Ella Baxter, author of New Animal (Two Dollar Radio, 2022)

Ella Baxter is a writer and sculptor living in Melbourne, Australia. In her spare time runs a small business making bespoke death shrouds. She is currently writing her second novel, Woo Woo.

Visit the Ella Baxter author page for additional details and interviews.

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FORMAT: Paperback (1st printing with gatefold)
LIST PRICE: $15.99
PAGES: 212
PRINT ISBN: 9781953387127
DIGITAL ISBN: 9781953387134
RELEASE DATE: 2/15/2022
SIZE: 5.5" x 7.5"

Printed in Canada by Marquis, with the following environmental statement:
*Printed on Rolland Enviro. This paper contains 100% post-consumer fiber, is manufactured using renewable energy - Biogas and processed chlorine free.
*FSC certified paper (inside and cover).

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