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
“... a habit, crept downstairs and ate all the pies. Starvation can be, must be, sustained by pride. Siân Busby’s book ‘A Wonderful Little Girl’ introduces us to this pride in a secular context. In 1869, a 12-year-old called Sarah Jacob starved to death in a Welsh farmhouse, under the eye of doctors and nurses who were watching her around the ...”