Enter the Aardvark

Enter the Aardvark


Discover the rip-roaringly funny satirical novel about a stuffed aardvark who threatens to derail a Republican Congressman's political career...

'It's a long time since I have enjoyed a novel so much. Fresh, witty and smart it also has heart' Kate Atkinson

'An ingenious political satire...deliciously astute, fresh and terminally funny' Guardian

'What begins as a topical takedown of the American political system deepens into a hugely enjoyable romp through history' Observer


We all know politics is absurd. But could a scheming politician be brought down by a stuffed aardvark?

Republican congressman Alexander Paine Wilson is determined that nothing will stop him in his campaign for re-election.

Not the fact that he is a bachelor, not the fact that his main adversary Nancy Beavers - married, with children - is rising in the polls. Nothing.

That is, until one hot day in August, he receives a large parcel via FedEx. Inside is a gigantic taxidermy aardvark.

This aardvark has a surprising history - from the Victorian naturalist who discovered it to the taxidermist who deemed it his finest creation.

But for Wilson, the entrance of the aardvark sets off a chain of events that threaten to ruin his entire career.

Constantly surprising, brilliantly comic and piquantly provocative, Enter the Aardvark is a tale for our times, a biting satire with a tender underbelly.

'So perfect and funny that you read it over and over, laugh every time...Completely insane but utterly hilarious' John Boyne

'Inventive and darkly funny' Time

'Fresh, astute and mouthwateringly sharp, this is a rare thing; a political satire that tugs on the heartstrings in unconventional ways' Irish Times

'Spry, slim, clever...the inventiveness is impressive and the story has heart' The Sunday Times

'The most fizzing and amusing novel of the year' Strong Words magazine

'Sharp, inventive and very funny, it's an entertainingly bizarre political satire' TATLER

'Weird, wonderful, and very much of the moment, Enter the Aardvark is a landmark political novel of the Trump era...With heart and humor, Anthony expertly skewers our current political climate' Esquire


  • If you are anything like me, you will end up loving the actual aardvark...and relish the world of taxidermy that Anthony brings to life. Enter the Aardvark sizzles with uproarious fun, from its snout to the sting in its tale.

About the author

Jessica Anthony

Jessica Anthony is the author of The Convalescent, Chopsticks, and Enter the Aardvark. Anthony’s novels have been published in over a dozen countries, and are featured in Time, Newsweek, Esquire, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times Book Review as an Editors’ Choice. She is the recipient of the Creative Capital Award in Literature and has been awarded fellowships from the Bogliasco Foundation and the Bridge Guard Foundation. She lives in Maine, USA.
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