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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

Author: Jennifer Worth
Read by: Stephanie Cole

Audio CD

Published: 1st August 2008
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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. Read by Stephanie Cole

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.

The descriptive detail and wonderful story-telling makes this tale of a young woman's coming of age a rounded historical but highly engaging account of a community and the health workers at its heart. - WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?

The fascinating story of Worth's apprentice years as a midwife among London's poorest families... stuffed with amazing characters and heart-warming experiences. - THE TIMES - Christina Hardyment

Working out of a convent of nursing nuns her tale engenders a mixture of laughter and tears as she delivers babies in London's East End slums where poverty, brutality and a great sense of community walked hand-in-hand. - DAILY EXPRESS - Kati Nicholl

This is riveting, unforgettable testimony, beautifully read. - THE OLDIE - Rachel Redford

An eye-opening piece of social history, stuffed with unexpected characters and incidents ... Stephanie Cole's slightly plummy, confidently no-nonsense voice is an excellent fit for the text. - BBC HISTORY MAGAZINE - Christina Hardyment

Full of amazing characters and hair-raising as well as heart-warming experiences. - THE TIMES

ISBN: 9781409100843
ISBN-10: 1409100847
Audience: General
Format: Audio CD
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 270
Published: 1st August 2008
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 14.1 x 13.8  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.14
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: Abridged