About Dr. Woolf

Dr John Woolf- represented by Andrew Lownie Literary Agency- is a researcher, writer and historian specialising in nineteenth-century cultural history. He works across TV, radio and film .

Dr Woolf graduated from the University of Cambridge, with two scholarships to his name, before winning two further scholarships at the University of London. He was awarded his funded PhD, which explored nineteenth-century freak shows, in August 2016.

He is the author of 'The Wonders: Lifting the Curtain on the Freak Show, Circus and Victorian Age' (Michael O'Mara Books, 2019; Pegasus Books, 2019).


The co-author of 'Stephen Fry's Victorian Secrets' (Audible, 2018) and The Halifax Slasher (Audible, 2020).


With further projects coming soon...

 Dr Woolf currently lives in London with his wife, cat, rabbits, African land snails, fish and frogs. He can be contacted on johnjacobwoolf@gmail.com or via his agent Andrew Lownie.

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BBC Dwarfs in Art

Watch Dr. Woolf in this BBC Documentary


The Wonders

Dr. Woolf's new book released September 2019.

Stephen Fry's Victorian Secrets

Audible Original podcast with Stephen Fry

The Guardian

Read Dr. Woolf's article in the Guardian

The Real Tom Thumb

Read about Dr. Woolf's work on this BBC4 documentary

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