Call The Midwife

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

Non-Fiction, Biography & Memoir
Paperback Published on: 05/01/2012
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Synopsis

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: 275g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 26 mm

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I loved this book, it gave a good insight into what we now take for granted.
Suky
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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 d... READ MORE
Olga Dai
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this is indeed a very insightful read and makes me ever thankful for the maternity care we now have as a result of women like jennifer worths efforts.an ex... READ MORE
gemma campbell
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This was a brilliant read with smiles and tears, and holds many details of how people coped through the highs and lows of London war time.
MichelleKT
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Fascinating!
This book was a real treat. The social history in it is the stuff that needs to be passed on from generation to generation! It made me cry at times, smile ... READ MORE
Wildflower
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This book was a beautiful read which made me laugh and cry. Being a nurse myself it was a great insight into nursing in the 50's. The characters such as ... READ MORE
Toni Maunders
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As an account of life and work in 50s East End, this is truly fascinating. Howerver, I was deeply upset by some of the stories. One of these tearjerkers ... READ MORE
Susan Evans
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I agree with all the previous comments about this being such a great and at times moving book to read but I very nearly didn't pick it up to buy as the fro... READ MORE
Veronica Morrison
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Sensitively written, an easy read and endlessly fascinating. Funny, sad, entertaining and sometimes startling. A very affectionate look at the East End in ... READ MORE
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ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT. MAKES YOU REALIZE HOW LUCKY WE ARE IN THIS DAY AND AGE. SOME SAD STORIES BUT ALSO SOME LAUGH OUT LOUD ONES.COULDNT PUT IT DOWN JUST H... READ MORE
Anne Spuhler
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Inspired
Just an inspiration to a lot of people I think. Brillant. And the series is such a credit. I mean wow everything about this book. I am really glade I read.... READ MORE
Maxine BLaylock
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A fantastic insight into what it was like being a midwife in 1950's London, I found it so interesting I could hardly put it down
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