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Call The Midwife : A True Story of the East End in the 1950s - Jennifer Worth

Call The Midwife

A True Story of the East End in the 1950s

Paperback

Published: 5th January 2012
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Tie-in edition of Jennifer Worth's tales of being a midwife in 1950s London, now a major BBC TV series. Episode 1 screens in Australia at 8.30pm on Sunday 2nd September on ABC1.

Book Description

A fascinating slice of social history - Jennifer Worth's tales of being a midwife in 1950s London

Jennifer Worth came from a sheltered background when she became a midwife in the Docklands in the 1950s. The conditions in which many women gave birth just half a century ago were horrifying, not only because of their grimly impoverished surroundings, but also because of what they were expected to endure. But while Jennifer witnessed brutality and tragedy, she also met with amazing kindness and understanding, tempered by a great deal of Cockney humour. She also earned the confidences of some whose lives were truly stranger, more poignant and more terrifying than could ever be recounted in fiction.

Attached to an order of nuns who had been working in the slums since the 1870s, Jennifer tells the story not only of the women she treated, but also of the community of nuns (including one who was accused of stealing jewels from Hatton Garden) and the camaraderie of the midwives with whom she trained. Funny, disturbing and incredibly moving, Jennifer's stories bring to life the colourful world of the East End in the 1950s.

About the Author

Jennifer Worth trained as a nurse at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, and was later ward sister at the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital in London, then the Marie Curie Hospital, also in London. Music had always been her passion, and in 1973 she left nursing in order to study music intensively, teaching piano and singing for about twenty-five years. Jennifer died in May 2011 after a short illness, leaving her husband Philip, two daughters and three grandchildren. Her books have all been bestsellers.

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    4.0

    so much more than the TV series

    By KMS

    from Central Highlands QLD

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    Pros

    • Easy To Understand
    • Inspirational
    • Learn So Much More
    • Well Written

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      Mainly buying gifts that can go straight to the recipient in another part of Australia

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      5.0

      I am going to buy all the midwife books,

      By Barbara

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        This book was all that was said about it.

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          A great gift for someone who lived through these times in London

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          4.0

          Beautifully written

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            Comments about Call The Midwife:

            Terrific insight into post war London and the struggles of nurses and midwives to assist the poorest in their homes. Recommended reading for anyone interested in district nursing, midwifery, humanities or history. Terrific insight into societal struggles with birthing, relationships, mental health, familial interactions.

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            4.0

            Very apt

            By Gannie

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            • Quite Confronting
            • True to life
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            Gripping. Thank goodness we have moved on from those days.

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            4.0

            Hard to believe

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              Comments about Call The Midwife:

              The book has events that were not/could not ba part of the television series.
              The "case histories" really bring a heartwrenching
              understanding of the terrible struggle Londoners had, during and after the Second World War and how long re-building took in a nation almost bankrupted in all areas by the toll of that war.

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              Re-released to tie in with a new BBC adaptation, you must read this superbly moving but also witty story. CLOSER This is a funny, at times disturbing, memoir of a world that has now changed beyond measure. HUDDERSFIELD DAILY EXAMINER A poignant, funny and enlightening book -- Charlotte Vowden DAILY EXPRESS If you loved the TV adaptation, why not read the original books of Jennifer Worth's stories of being a midwife in London in the '50s? The characters you will meet, both colleagues and patients, stay with you for a long time WOMAN

              ISBN: 9780753827871
              ISBN-10: 0753827875
              Audience: General
              Format: Paperback
              Language: English
              Number Of Pages: 368
              Published: 5th January 2012
              Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.1  x 2.7
              Weight (kg): 0.24