Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “A Wonderful Little Girl: The True Story of Sarah Jacob, the Welsh Fasting Girl” as Want to Read:
A Wonderful Little Girl: The True Story of Sarah Jacob, the Welsh Fasting Girl
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

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

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  21 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
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 last 2 years
...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Short Books, Limited (first published 2003)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-51)
Rating details
Sort: Default
|
Filter
Rachel Brand
May 18, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Booksdingle
Apr 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: charity-shop-buy
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
J
Feb 14, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
Elizabeth
Aug 31, 2011 rated it liked it
somehow expected more from this book, it is a good read but doesnt compare to most true stories i have come across.
Lucy Dawson
rated it liked it
Jun 17, 2015
Naomi Ostroumoff
rated it really liked it
Apr 08, 2016
Caoibhe
rated it it was ok
Feb 08, 2012
Clare Mulley
rated it really liked it
Sep 09, 2013
Portia
rated it liked it
Jun 23, 2013
delyth jones
rated it really liked it
Jul 28, 2017
Maggie
rated it liked it
Aug 27, 2012
Jayne
rated it really liked it
May 13, 2017
Koko
rated it liked it
Dec 12, 2011
Claire Chettoe
rated it it was amazing
Jun 01, 2016
Bill Kupersmith
rated it really liked it
Sep 27, 2016
Greg
rated it really liked it
Oct 23, 2013
Kirsty
rated it liked it
Mar 06, 2008
Maureen Breen
rated it really liked it
Jan 12, 2008
Bonny
rated it really liked it
Apr 02, 2013
Angie
rated it liked it
Apr 06, 2012
brian srigley
rated it really liked it
Apr 13, 2015
Kelly
marked it as to-read
Jul 24, 2008
Abi
marked it as to-read
Mar 25, 2009
Christianne
marked it as to-read
Feb 05, 2010
Sarah
marked it as to-read
May 08, 2010
Jodi
added it
May 13, 2010
Lynn Smith
marked it as to-read
Oct 27, 2010
Kristie
marked it as to-read
Jan 08, 2011
Kristen
marked it as to-read
Jan 18, 2011
Liralen
marked it as to-read
Jan 27, 2011
Sarah
added it
Jan 27, 2011
Katherine
marked it as to-read
Apr 05, 2011
Maggie
marked it as to-read
Jun 27, 2011
Amy
marked it as to-read
Sep 23, 2011
Laura
marked it as to-read
May 12, 2012
Molly
marked it as to-read
Nov 08, 2012
Karencita
marked it as to-read
Nov 10, 2012
John
marked it as to-read
Mar 14, 2013
Ellie Angelette
marked it as to-read
Jun 02, 2013
Ginny
marked it as to-read
Jun 09, 2013
Jess
marked it as to-read
Aug 14, 2013
Elvan
marked it as to-read
Dec 29, 2013
Christina Borgoyn
marked it as to-read
Jan 16, 2014
Kate
marked it as to-read
Feb 07, 2014
Louise Doughty
marked it as to-read
Mar 16, 2014
Kate Radcliffe
marked it as to-read
Mar 17, 2014
Kimberley
marked it as to-read
Apr 06, 2014
Bibiana Bauer
marked it as to-read
Jul 13, 2014
Stephanie Dinda
marked it as to-read
Dec 19, 2014
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
169908
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.
Originally embarking in a career in arts television, she later switched to writing. Her first two books were non-fiction. A Wonderful Little Girl (2003) concerned a
...more
More about Siân Busby...