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Midwife Trilogy author Jennifer Worth dies

8th June 2011

Bestselling author and nurse Jennifer Worth, famous for writing The Midwife Trilogy of books, has died at the age of 75.

Worth started out as a nurse at Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, in 1953 and occupied posts as midwife, ward sister and night sister, before leaving the profession in 1973 to pursue a career in music.

However, it was as an author that she gained the greatest recognition, creating the books Call the Midwife, Shadows of the Workhouse and Farewell to the East End, each based on her experiences at the hospital.

Affectionately known as The Midwife Trilogy, the books each sold over a million copies and are seen by many as spawning a sub-genre of nostalgic, true-life stories.

The Midwife Trilogy is currently being adapted into a BBC TV series, due to be screened next year, with Cranford scriptwriter Heidi Thomas at work on the screenplay.

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