Born in 1873 at Alençon in France, Marie Francoise Therese Martin dies in 1897 aged 24 of advanced intestinal tuberculosis, at her Carmel convent in Liseux. 100 years later John Paul II declared her a Doctor of the Church. She was canonised as a saint, in record time, only 28 years after her death. She never went to university, hardly travelled, had no academic or other titles. Yet she (through her story and writings) was almost a household name during the Great War of 1914. This authoritative life of Thérèse, a true classic, tells the story of one of Christ’s true ‘little ones’.