A 1901 book review of Babs the Impossible by Sarah Grand got me thinking about the chick lit of yesteryear. You won’t find many mentions of Miss Grand on the book blogs but it sounds like she was the Cecilia Ahern of yesteryear. Her novels were very popular. In the words of her 1901 reviewer: “A book by Sarah Grand is always sure of a welcome” and the following short excerpt suggests why that might be the case:
“Miss Spice, dressed in virginal white muslin, is wet to the skin and cut to the soul, not by the use of water, but by the expressive “Cats”.”
‘Cats’, it appears is a type of swear word. But it’s ‘wet to the skin and cut to the soul’ that caught my imagination. I’m on my way to download a copy and the good news is it’s free. Published in 1900, Babs the Impossible is available as a free download for Kindle as well as in PDF and a variety of other formats.