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Shadows of the Workhouse: The Drama of Life in Postwar London (Paperback)
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Shadows of the Workhouse: The Drama of Life in Postwar London (Paperback)

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Paperback Published: 22/01/2009
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A fascinating slice of East End life, from the No.1 bestsellilng author of CALL THE MIDWIFE, soon to be a major BBC TV series. In this follow up to CALL THE MIDWIFE, Jennifer Worth, a midwife working in the docklands area of East London in the 1950s tells more stories about the people she encountered. There's Jane, who cleaned and generally helped out at Nonnatus House - she was taken to the workhouse as a baby and was allegedly the illegitimate daughter of an aristocrat. Peggy and Frank's parents both died within 6 months of each other and the children were left destitute. At the time, there was no other option for them but the workhouse. The Reverend Thornton-Appleby-Thorton, a missionary in Africa, visits the Nonnatus nuns and Sister Julienne acts as matchmaker. And Sister Monica Joan, the eccentric ninety-year-old nun, is accused of shoplifting some small items from the local market. She is let off with a warning, but then Jennifer finds stolen jewels from Hatton Garden in the nun's room. These stories give a fascinating insight into the resilience and spirit that enabled ordinary people to overcome their difficulties.

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9780753825853

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“great read”

very good read, makes you laugh, makes you cry could not put it down.

Paperback edition
25th January 2013
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“Shadows of the Workhouse”

Another brilliant book from Jennifer Worth - although I did find this a little more sobering than the first in the trilogy - but still a good read.

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22nd February 2009
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“So sad”

Just as gripping as "Call the Midwife" but this time not focused on midwifery as such. A little imbalanced in that many chapters were spent on one character only but I think this only goes to prove that the... More

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16th December 2010
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