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House with the Mansard Roof

by Frances Sackett

“You are a girl in a lonely city, pushing up a sash window at the end of another day.”

In her enthralling third collection, Frances Sackett examines the hidden histories emerging from the land. We meet the Yde Girl, found abandoned in a peat bog in the Netherlands; a ghostly ship and its hidden treasures excavated near Sutton Hoo; and a sunken forest discovered off the Welsh coast. There are poems with fierce empathy for women living in war-torn countries, some in exile, some in isolation, and a sequence for a mother separated from her daughter.

Humour, and especially her wry wit – found in the most unlikely places – provides a playful contrast to her more serious, elegiac moments. Sackett's poetry highlights her love of the landscape, the night sky, sleepy country stations, and her fellow poets.

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“In the title poem of this beautifully nuanced collection, Frances Sackett writes, ‘If you entered any door, you would find yourself and a dream of yourself mingle with the interior dust.’ What she does so effortlessly is to negotiate between these three worlds: the human, the dream, and the dust, with an unerring insight into the frailty and resilience of the human spirit.” Ian Pople

“[Sackett’s poems] combine sensuous, physical immediacy with spareness, restraint and considerable technical skill.” Edmund Prestwich

“Achingly lovely, these poems know what it is to be human.” Gail Ashton


Frances Sackett is a prize-winning poet with poems placed in the Cardiff International Competition, Cheshire Prize for Literature Anthologies and The Pre-Raphaelite Society Poetry Competition. Her poetry has been published in numerous journals and anthologies, and she is the author of three collections: The Hand Glass (Seren), Cradle of Bones (The High Window Press) and from Valley Press, House with the Mansard Roof in April 2022.

Born in Wales, landscape often inspires her poetry. Her poems speak of Love, Loss, War, and how history can be revealed – maybe centuries later – through archaeological finds. Now retired, she previously worked in a bank, a bookshop, and as a tutor for Manchester University’s ‘Courses for the Public’.


Edition: First

Date Published: 2022-04-21

ISBN: 9781912436804

Catalogue Number: VP0197

Number of Pages: 80

Cover design: Peter Barnfather
Cover artwork: Edward Hopper
Commissioning editor: Jamie McGarry
Copyeditor: Jo Brandon

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