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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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: 9780753827871
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Weight: 270g
  • Dimensions: 132 x 199 x 24 mm

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Call The Midwife
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.
Call The Midwife
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 li... READ MORE
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Very enjoyable read and very true to life as it must have been back in the 1950s. The book is written in a way which is easy to read and which expresses th... READ MORE
Call The Midwife
A great buy
Amazing book, I love this book and the program was lovely too.
Call The Midwife
This book is maybe my favourite book ever, its so inspiring - I cant believe these things really happened. I would recommend this book to anyone, its so be... READ MORE
Jasmine Barker
Call The Midwife
a wonderful book, well written stories and a clear narrative, would recommend this to anyone :)
Call The Midwife
what a read!
Just the sort of book that i like. it certainly opened my eyes as to the post war conditions in the London docks region. I found i was helped visually by w... READ MORE
low wick
Call The Midwife
If you enjoy social history, as I do, it gives a wonderful look in to the lives of females in the 1950's, a time when my mother was actually having babies,... READ MORE
Call The Midwife
Heartwarming and wonderful
Jennifer Worth, from the start, has a fascinating and engaging literary style; she's knowledgeable in her craft, and speaks with passion and authority on i... READ MORE
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Call the Midwife
An interesting and eye opening memoir about life in the London Docklands of the 1950s where back streets and bomb sites served as playgrounds, large famili... READ MORE