Call the Midwife

Call the Midwife

A True Story of the East End in the 1950s

Paperback - 2008
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A fascinating slice of social history - Jennifer Worth's tales of being a midwife in 1950s London, now a major BBC TV series.

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.

Publisher: London : Phoenix, 2008.
ISBN: 9780753823835
Branch Call Number: B WORTH JENNIFER
Characteristics: x, 340 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Coates, Terri


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Mar 26, 2013

I have read the book and viewed the first series on tv. I absolutely loved both and the tv series depicts very accurately the book. I laughed and also cried until the tears ran down my face. What is so touching is that the stories are real ! Can't wait to read the second book and tv series.

Mar 10, 2013

Loved this book. I couldn't put it down. Worth had such vivid descriptions of life in East End London circa 1950s. I want to watch the TV series now.

Feb 06, 2013

If you have seen the TV series and haven't yet read this book, I would certainly recommend you read it. It is beautifully written, full of humour and heartache. The author's descriptions of the living conditions and humanity of these people are wonderful.


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