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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

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Published: 1st March 2012
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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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Loved it!

5

Such a great book. Interesting, funny, sad, and a a great reminder of how incredibly tough times were, not all that long ago. Easy to read, and although not exactly 'literary genius' in terms of how well written it is, the fascinating and inspiring true stories make up for it.

Byron bay

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What a delight

5

Am thrilled with copy. Great quality and even better quality of service

Adelaide

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Interesting autobiography

4

As a fan of the TV show, I thought this book would retell the stories I'd seen. It didn't, although many of the characters were there. I found it a very interesting and thought-provoking read. I'm now inspired to visit the area that was written about to see how it has been developed in the last 60 years. Not recommended for a mother-to-be.

Tasmania

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Highly recommend

5

A fantastic insight into the life of a midwife in the 1950s. Great for all ages.

Sunshine Coast

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so much more than the TV series

4

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

Central Highlands QLD

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I am going to buy all the midwife books,

5

This book was all that was said about it.

Adelaide

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Call the Midwife

5

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

Newcastle

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Beautifully written

4

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.

Ballarat

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Very apt

4

Gripping. Thank goodness we have moved on from those days.

WA

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Hard to believe

4

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.

Melbourne

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Call The Midwife

4.5 10

100.0

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 * A poignant, funny and enlightening book -- Charlotte Vowden * DAILY EXPRESS * This is a funny, at times disturbing, memoir of a world that has now changed beyond measure. * HUDDERSFIELD DAILY EXAMINER * Re-released to tie in with a new BBC adaptation, you must read this superbly moving but also witty story. * CLOSER *

ISBN: 9780753827871
ISBN-10: 0753827875
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 1st March 2012
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 15.9  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 1