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Reviews

  • A wide-ranging, unpredictable and refreshingly original meditation on a huge but widely ignored subject: the relationship between the living and the dead… Exhilarating… This is a lovely book: beautifully written, never lapsing into self-conscious ‘poet’s prose’, always a joy to read. I wish I had written it myself.

    Nigel Andrew, Literary Review
  • Cemetery tales, filled with fascinating details and told with a poet’s skillDelightfully morbid… Sprackland roves about history, language, biology, architecture, entomology, iconography and much else in her quest for meaning… [and] the astonishing twist…should justify your reading These Silent Mansions in its entirety.

    Anthony Quinn, Guardian
  • Shot through with delightful digressionsThere is a spare beauty to Sprackland’s proseThese Silent Mansions is a strange and mercurial book; hard to pin down, but even harder to forget.

    Lucy Scholes, i
  • Sprackland has the poet’s knack for atmosphere and a magician’s ability to conjure up other worlds. She is like a ghostly time traveller… Sprackland is particularly agile, though, at exploring the ways in which a graveyard reflects its community and how, with modern life, we are losing this sense of connection.

    Ann Treneman, The Times
  • Part social history, part personal meditation and wholly enchanting - as attentive to local and moving details as it is to the fact of mortality itself.

    Andrew Motion

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