A Wonderful Little Girl: The True Story of Sarah Jacob, the Welsh Fasting Girl
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A Wonderful Little Girl: The True Story of Sarah Jacob, the Welsh Fasting Girl

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On a winter's day in 1869, two surgeons performed an autopsy on the body of a 12-year-old Welsh girl who had died in strange circumstances. Though very beautiful, there were signs that she had suffered greatly towards the end. This is the true story of a remarkable child, who enchanted everyone, but who, at the age of 10, suddenly took to her bed. During the last2 years o
Paperback, 144 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Short Books, Limited (first published 2003)
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Rachel Brand
This was a fascinating little book - the one I read was small pink hardback which looked like it would be full of fairy stories - about a girl I'd never even heard of. The author presented the story in a way in which all the evidence was laid out, but the reader was allowed to decide - did she deceieve everyone? Were her parents in on it? Why did she do it? My only complaint is that I felt this book could have been condensed into 100 pages rather than 150 as a lot of the information was general...more
I read this book in around 3 hours stopping here and there whilst ill in bed today - picked it up by chance after vaguely remembering hearing about this when I was in junior school. Being Welsh, I liked the background/extra information on Welsh history and the tale itself was easy to read - I thought more would have been made of the spiritual side of the story and of the theories at the end but suppose its not difficult to make own judgement about what happened - a sad poignant true story
Read this as it was on a reading list my daughter was given. It is an interesting historical account of a young girl in Wales who stopped eating. I found it a little scathing about the people of Wales at the time and a little repetitive. I think my daughter would probably find it a little boring. Worth a read for the history.
somehow expected more from this book, it is a good read but doesnt compare to most true stories i have come across.
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Siân Elizabeth Busby (19 November 1960 – 4 September 2012) was a British writer.
The daughter of the Canadian actor Tom Busby and Wendy Russell, she was educated at Creighton School in Muswell Hill and read English at Sussex University.
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