The Rake


Tristram Fane Saunders lives in London and works as a journalist. The Rake lives in lavish squalor and has never worked in his life. Laura lives nowhere – she’s dead, for now – but she is working on a way to solve that problem.

These sly, untrustworthy poems tell the story of a nameless, ageless dandy – his slow decline, and his well-deserved fall. Take a ride in the Rake’s carriage, but keep an eye on your purse.

Read a sample.

Published May 2022.

What Writers and Critics Think

  • Heartfelt in its tricks and uneasy in its own assurance, The Rake shows Tristram Fane Saunders coming into his own as a poet, negotiating love and loss with the terrible joy of finding just the right analogy, a painfully sincere sleight of hand. The linguistic ingenuity, the sheer physicality of the words and depth of allusion make this an unmissable collection.

    Luke Kennard
  • Pamphlets are difficult. The successful pamphlet must be both complete as a work of art, and incomplete as a collection of poems; it must both satisfy the reader and leave the reader wanting more. The Rake succeeds brilliantly – I want to read it again right now, and I want to read more Tristram Fane Saunders, who is proving himself to be one of the most interesting poets and thinkers about poetry of his generation.

    Shane McCrae
  • Whichever page you turn to, its poem is light footed and a delight to read aloud with the sort of rhythm that takes work to perfect.

    Jane Routh, The Friday Poem


Tristram Fane Saunders lives in London and works as a journalist. His poems have appeared in The TLSThe White Review and New Poetries VIII. His pamphlet Woodsong won the Poetry Business New Poets Prize, and he is the editor of Edna St Vincent Millay: Poems and Satires.

Additional information

Dimensions 21 × 14.8 × 0.3 cm

eBook (ePub), Pamphlet


978-1-914914-20-1, 978-1-914914-21-8



Publication Year

May 2022