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Shadows of the Workhouse : The Bestselling Sequel to Call the Midwife - Jennifer Worth

Shadows of the Workhouse

The Bestselling Sequel to Call the Midwife


Published: 3rd January 2013
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RRP $19.99

The inspiration for the second series of the BBC's phenomenally popular Call the Midwife, starring Miranda Hart.

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 six months of one another 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 best-sellers.


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The strength of the human spirit.


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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Read
  • Engaging characters
  • Informative
  • Page-Turner
  • Well Written


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    • Historical interest
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    • Older Readers

    The description of life in the East End of London docks areas is so detailed. The history of the work houses shocked me. So many characters who overcame adversity just grab your heart.

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    ISBN: 9781780225111
    ISBN-10: 1780225113
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 294
    Published: 3rd January 2013
    Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
    Country of Publication: GB
    Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.1  x 2.7
    Weight (kg): 0.3
    Edition Number: 1