The Authors


Wolf is a superb storyteller who sucks the reader into his fascinating imagination. – The Times

A startlingly, subversively original writer. – Gerard Woodward


Jack Wolf

c. Carrie Osborne

Jack’s debut novel, The Tale of Raw Head and Bloody Bones, was published to critical acclaim in the UK and US by Penguin Random House in 2013. It was listed for the Edinburgh Lit Festival Best Debut Novel and for the Polari Prize for Queer Fiction, and won the Authors’ Club Best First Novel award that year ahead of strong competition. Jack subsequently completed a PhD in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and taught at Bath Spa for several years on the university’s BA and prestigious MA in Creative Writing programmes.

Jack now teaches on the Open University’s online MA in Creative Writing and also offers freelance manuscript consultation and mentoring here ( Note that undergoing mentoring by Jack does not imply acceptance for publication by Aurochs Press.

Mammoth and Crow is Jack’s second novel. A third novel, The Devil and The Rainbow, is planned for publication in 2023. Dog Walking Weather, Jack’s first poetry pamphlet, is also available from Aurochs Underground Press.


Reviews for The Tale of Raw Head and Bloody Bones (Chatto & Windus, Vintage: Penguin Random House, 2013)

This moving tale of metamorphosis and blurred identity, otherness and liminality, with its insights into male and female sexual drives and power exchanges, surely derives considerable force from the author’s own experiences. It is also more than an exploration of self. This is an extraordinarily controlled and artful book. – The Financial Times

Wolf’s sure hand with Hart’s voice and intelligent control of material including medical history and strange folk law results in a thrilling tale of transgression. – The Metro

Quite startlingly, and beautifully, bloody… There is no escaping the fact that this is a vicious, extreme book. But it was a vicious, extreme time; there is great beauty in many of these scenes, and great humanity as well… Jack Wolf delivers his tale with passion, precision and poetry. Those of strong stomach and vivid imagination will find glittering delights in here. – Lloyd Shepherd, The Guardian

Tristan Hart…is among the most striking and memorable anti-heroes to have appeared in recent British fiction. – Jonathan Barnes, TLS

There is no doubting the talent, I might even say brilliance, of the author, Jack Wolf … I simply cannot imagine whence came the idea for such a beautifully bizarre story … The Tale of Raw Head and Bloody Bones is a deeply original and startling read. – SJ Bolton

Jack is represented by Will Francis at Janklow and Nesbit.

Read an interview with Jack here and here: and listen to one here: