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Call the Midwife: Shadows of the Workhouse

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The sequel to Jennifer Worth's New York Times bestselling memoir and the basis for the PBS series Call the Midwife

When twenty-two-year-old Jennifer Worth, from a comfortable middle-class upbringing, went to work as a midwife in the direst section of postwar London, she not only delivered hundreds of babies and touched many lives, she also became the neighborhood's most vivid chronicler. Woven into the ongoing tales of her life in the East End are the true stories of the people Worth met who grew up in the dreaded workhouse, a Dickensian institution that limped on into the middle of the twentieth century.

Orphaned brother and sister Peggy and Frank lived in the workhouse until Frank got free and returned to rescue his sister. Bubbly Jane's spirit was broken by the cruelty of the workhouse master until she found kindness and romance years later at Nonnatus House. Mr. Collett, a Boer War veteran, lost his family in the two world wars and died in the workhouse.

Though these are stories of unimaginable hardship, what shines through each is the resilience of the human spirit and the strength, courage, and humor of people determined to build a future for themselves against the odds. This is an enduring work of literary nonfiction, at once a warmhearted coming-of-age story and a startling look at people's lives in the poorest section of postwar London.

About the Author

Jennifer Worth trained as a nurse at the Royal Berk-shire Hospital in 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 in England.

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JoanMaggie, January 5, 2013 (view all comments by JoanMaggie)
I really enjoyed the BBC series Call the Midwife and beliving that books are usually better than the series, I ordered the books. I was not disappointed. The books are much better at filling in the backstories of the characters. Although I knew the characters' stories, I still found myself moved when I read about them in the book. There is a wealth of information on obstetrics, public health, and history interspersed among the stories. Jennifer Worth is a master storyteller and you should not deprive yourself the opportunity of reading what she wrote. Highly recommended.
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ISBN:
9780062270047
Author:
Worth, Jennifer
Publisher:
Ecco
Subject:
Biography/Medical
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Biography - General
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Trade PB
Publication Date:
20130122
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8 x 5.3125 x 0.701634 in 8 oz

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