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The Tale of Raw Head and Bloody Bones by Jack Wolf
  

The Tale of Raw Head and Bloody Bones

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The enthralling and evocative story of a sadistic genius touched by madness, or is it magic? Shape-shifting gypsies, depraved monsters, a deformed baby, does he see them, are they imagined or is it something in between? This is a gloriously dark novel of fantasy, anatomy, grand ideas and great love. Tristan’s is a wonderful voice, passionate and intelligent yet sometimes seemingly unaware of obvious truths. Skilful writing allows the reader to guess much more than is said. It is an excellent first novel from an author whom I hope will give us many more.

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The Tale of Raw Head and Bloody Bones by Jack Wolf

The year is 1750. Meet Tristan Hart, precociously talented student of medicine. His obsession is the nature of pain and preventing. He is on a quest to cut through superstition with the brilliant blade of science. Meet Tristan Hart, madman and deviant. His obsession is the nature of pain, and causing it. He is on a quest to arouse the perfect scream and slay the daemon Raw Head who torments his days and nights. Troubled visionary, twisted genius, loving sadist. What is real and what imagined in Tristan Hart's brutal, beautiful, complex world?


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'Jack Wolf's extraordinary 18th-century story does exactly what it says on the cover. It's a tale, in the grandest sense of the word. It's raw, at times even extreme. It explores elegantly the eternal dialogue between the head and bones. And it's quite startlingly, and beautifully, bloody ... 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 Guardian (Review)

'This rollicking mash-up of the scientific and the supernatural, the rational and loony, is by turns funny, moving, delicate and quite horrific. A terrific debut' -- James Buxton Daily Mail

'This gloriously over-egged pudding of a first novel is set in 1750, and crammed with chunks of history, philosophy and folklore ... Wolf is a superb storyteller who sucks the reader into his fascinating imagination' -- Kate Saunders The Times

'Sadist, frequenter of brothels, afflicted by delusions and murderous intentions, Tristan Hart ... is among the most striking and memorable anti-heroes to have appeared in recent British fiction' -- Jonathan Barnes Times Literary Supplement

'This tale of a conflicted medical man opens in 1750 and evokes historical fiction such as Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Andrew Miller's Ingenious Pain, and Peter Ackroyd's Hawksmoor. The Tale of Raw Head and Bloody Bones, Jack Wolf's debut novel, can stand alongside these modern classics ... This is an extraordinarily controlled and artful book' -- Suzy Feay Financial Times

About the Author

Jack Wolf was born in Bath, and has spent most of his life in rural Somerset. He wanted to be a singer until his interests in faerie tales and in social history led to a writing career. The Tale of Raw Head and Bloody Bones is his first novel. He is currently studying for a PhD and working on his second novel.

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Publication date

3rd April 2014

Author

Jack Wolf

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Publisher

Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing

Format

Paperback
480 pages

Categories

Horror
Historical Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780099565956

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