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Shadows of the Workhouse : The Drama of Life in Postwar London - Jennifer Worth

Shadows of the Workhouse

The Drama of Life in Postwar London

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Published: 22nd January 2009
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In this follow up to CALL THE MIDWIFE, Jennifer Worth, a midwife working in the docklands area of East London in the 1950s tells more stories about the people she encountered. There's Jane, who cleaned and generally helped out at Nonnatus House - she was taken to the workhouse as a baby and was allegedly the illegitimate daughter of an aristocrat. Peggy and Frank's parents both died within 6 months of each other and the children were left destitute. At the time, there was no other option for them but the workhouse. The Reverend Thornton-Appleby-Thorton, a missionary in Africa, visits the Nonnatus nuns and Sister Julienne acts as matchmaker. And Sister Monica Joan, the eccentric ninety-year-old nun, is accused of shoplifting some small items from the local market. She is let off with a warning, but then Jennifer finds stolen jewels from Hatton Garden in the nun's room. These stories give a fascinating insight into the resilience and spirit that enabled ordinary people to overcome their difficulties.

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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5.0

Fantastic

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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Understand
  • Informative
  • Inspirational
  • Relevant
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    This is a little different from 'Call the Midwife' but is narrated in the same reassuring tone and I found it to be a more empathetic recount. I absolutely loved reading it.

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    A great read

    By Krrby

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      Comments about Shadows of the Workhouse:

      Found this book a page-turner. The author has really captured & connected with the lives of poor & working class people from the 50's and earlier in East London. Down to earth and real.

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      Be warned, it's a real tear-jerker - but it also makes you very grateful for the life we have today. Woman

      ISBN: 9780753825853
      ISBN-10: 0753825856
      Audience: General
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 304
      Published: 22nd January 2009
      Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9  x 2.3
      Weight (kg): 0.3