Hilary Mantel: Spectacular saintliness, 4 March 2004
Show More The Voices of Gemma Galgani: The Life and Afterlife of a Modern Saint by Rudolph Bell and Cristina Mazzoni.
Chicago, 320 pp., £21, March 2003, 0 226 04196 4Show More
Saint Thérèse of Lisieux by Kathryn Harrison.
Weidenfeld, 160 pp., £14.99, November 2003, 0 297 84728 7Show More
The Disease of Virgins: Green Sickness, Chlorosis and the Problems of Puberty by Helen King.
Routledge, 196 pp., £50, September 2003, 0 415 22662 7Show More
A Wonderful Little Girl: The True Story of Sarah Jacob, the Welsh Fasting Girl by Siân Busby.
Short Books, 157 pp., £5.99, June 2004, 1 904095 70 4Show More
“... burn with self-hatred, expressed in terms which often seem anachronistic. In My Hungry Hell, Kate Chisholm says: ‘Pride is the besetting sin of the anorexic: pride in her self-denial, in her thin body, in her superiority.’* Survivors are reluctant to admit that anorexia, which in the end leads to invalidity and death, is along the way a path of ...”