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ISBN13: 9780143123255
ISBN10: 0143123254
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The highest-rated drama in BBC history, Call the Midwife will delight fans of Downton Abbey

Viewers everywhere have fallen in love with this candid look at post-war London. In the 1950s, twenty-two-year-old Jenny Lee leaves her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in London's East End slums. While delivering babies all over the city, Jenny encounters a colorful cast of women — from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lives, to the woman with twenty-four children who can't speak English, to the prostitutes of the city's seedier side.

Based on Jennifer Worth's bestselling memoirs, Call the Midwife is the true story behind the beloved PBS series.

Review:

"A charming tale of deliveries and deliverance." Kirkus Review

Review:

"With deep professional knowledge of midwifery and an unerring eye for the details of life in the London slums of the Nineteen Fifties Jennifer Worth has painted a stunningly vivid picture of an era now passed." Patrick Taylor MD, author of the New York Times best seller An Irish Country Doctor

Review:

"Readers will fall in love with The Midwife, a richly drawn chronicle of midwifery in the 1950's, in London's East end. Recounted with great tenderness and poignancy, Jennifer Worth's story is an affirmation of life during the best and worst of times, and a celebration of the relentless drama and awe-inspiring magic of birth." Elizabeth Brundage, author of Somebody Else's Daughter

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"Jennifer Worth's memories of her years as a midwife in the East End were at once hilariously horrible and tremendously moving. She recounts a period when birth was both more frightening and more personal. Part of me wishes that my obstetrician had shown up at my house on a rickety old bicycle, and treated me both to a delivery and a hot cup of tea." Ayelet Waldman, author of Love and Other Impossible Pursuits

Review:

"Working alongside the trained nurses and midwives of St. Raymund Nonnatus (a pseudonym she's given the place), Worth made frequent visits to the tenements that housed the dock workers and their families, often in the dead of night on her bicycle. Her well-polished anecdotes are teeming with character detail of some of the more memorable nurses she worked with." Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Jennifer Worth trained as a nurse at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading. She then moved to London to train as a midwife. She later became a staff nurse at the Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel, and then ward sister and sister at the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital in Euston. Music had always been her passion, and in 1973 Jennifer left nursing in order to study music intensively. She gained the Licentiate of the London College of Music in 1974 and was awarded a Fellowship ten years later. Jennifer married Philip Worth in 1963 and they lived together in Hertfordshire. Jennifer died in May 2011, leaving her husband, two daughters and three grandchildren.

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Paula Harpster, June 9, 2015 (view all comments by Paula Harpster)
I love the PBS show that this book is based on and since I usually like the books better than any adaptation, I think I will love this book! I find the history and personal stories told very riveting. I always love learning about untold bits of history and the women that create it.
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Aleah, June 8, 2015 (view all comments by Aleah)
Fans of the show will not be disappointed by the original, which can (an should) be enjoyed in its own right. Worth is a fantastic storyteller, whose depictions engage all five senses (those with weak stomachs may not want to eat while reading). The characters are endearing in their strengths as well as in their flaws. Absolutely breathtaking!
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Meaghan, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Meaghan)
An interesting look into the life of a midwife in the East End of London before the introduction of birth control (which apparently dramatically decreased the workload of the midwives).
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780143123255
Author:
Worth, Jennifer
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20120831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8 x 5.36 x 0.82 in 0.56 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 352 pages Penguin Books - English 9780143123255 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A charming tale of deliveries and deliverance."
"Review" by , "With deep professional knowledge of midwifery and an unerring eye for the details of life in the London slums of the Nineteen Fifties Jennifer Worth has painted a stunningly vivid picture of an era now passed."
"Review" by , "Readers will fall in love with The Midwife, a richly drawn chronicle of midwifery in the 1950's, in London's East end. Recounted with great tenderness and poignancy, Jennifer Worth's story is an affirmation of life during the best and worst of times, and a celebration of the relentless drama and awe-inspiring magic of birth."
"Review" by , "Jennifer Worth's memories of her years as a midwife in the East End were at once hilariously horrible and tremendously moving. She recounts a period when birth was both more frightening and more personal. Part of me wishes that my obstetrician had shown up at my house on a rickety old bicycle, and treated me both to a delivery and a hot cup of tea."
"Review" by , "Working alongside the trained nurses and midwives of St. Raymund Nonnatus (a pseudonym she's given the place), Worth made frequent visits to the tenements that housed the dock workers and their families, often in the dead of night on her bicycle. Her well-polished anecdotes are teeming with character detail of some of the more memorable nurses she worked with."
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