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Call the Midwife: A True Story of the East End in the 1950s (CD-Audio)
  • Call the Midwife: A True Story of the East End in the 1950s (CD-Audio)

Call the Midwife: A True Story of the East End in the 1950s (CD-Audio)

CD-Audio Published: 12/06/2008
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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

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9781409100843

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“Call the Midwife”

I loved this book, it gave a good insight into what we now take for granted.

Paperback edition
28th February 2012
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“Gave me hours of pleasure”

As a visually impaired person, hearing Stephanie Cole's voice was a joyful way to follow the story.

CD-Audio edition
10th October 2013
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“Just brilliant!”

This is a fascinating insight into a period of English history which is still within many people's own lifetimes, but yet seems so alien from how people live today. In turn it's funny, sad, thoughtful and... More

Paperback edition
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