Call The Midwife: A True Story Of The East End In The 1950s (Paperback)
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Call The Midwife: A True Story Of The East End In The 1950s (Paperback)

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Paperback 368 Pages / Published: 06/03/2008
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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: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9780753823835
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 260 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 26 mm


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Worth's books are full of fascinating social history: about living conditions in east London, the scale of poverty and violence, the realities of postwar medicine and the workhouse * NEW STATESMAN *

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“Call the Midwife”

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

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“simply brilliant”

Brilliant could not put it down. I had watched the TV series and wondered if it may have spoiled it, but not at all. Have reccomended it to all my friends.

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“Call the Midwife”

I think that the book started about the experience of being a midwife in 1950s in London's East End and turned into a book of short real life stories. I did enjoy the book and not being a healthcare professional... More

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