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    • Publication date:06 Mar 2008
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Call The Midwife

A True Story Of The East End In The 1950s

By Jennifer Worth

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Tie-in edition of Jennifer Worth's tales of being a midwife in 1950s London, now a major BBC TV series.

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.

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  • ISBN: 9780753827871
  • Publication date: 05 Jan 2012
  • Page count: 368
  • Imprint: W&N
Re-released to tie in with a new BBC adaptation, you must read this superbly moving but also witty story. — CLOSER
This is a funny, at times disturbing, memoir of a world that has now changed beyond measure. — HUDDERSFIELD DAILY EXAMINER
A poignant, funny and enlightening book — Charlotte Vowden, DAILY EXPRESS
If you loved the TV adaptation, why not read the original books of Jennifer Worth's stories of being a midwife in London in the '50s? The characters you will meet, both colleagues and patients, stay with you for a long time — WOMAN
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A Double Life

Flynn Berry
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Flynn Berry
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The Way of Kings

Brandon Sanderson
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Brandon Sanderson
Orion

Letters to the Midwife

Jennifer Worth
Authors:
Jennifer Worth

When the CALL THE MIDWIFE series became bestsellers Jennifer Worth received mountains of letters - not only praising her books, but also from people who remembered the world her books described; life in the east end of London during the late 1940s and early 50s. Often her books touched her readers and they felt moved to write, or they wanted to share their own memories. A prolific letter writer herself, Jennifer always corresponded and this book includes some fascinating letters she received, including letters about becoming a missionary and the curious list of things she would need! There are also letters and drawings from one of the nuns featured in the CALL THE MIDWIFE books and other such gems. LETTERS TO THE MIDWIFE includes a moving introduction by Jennifer's family about the Jennifer Worth they knew and loved.Read by Patience Tomlinson and Clive Mantle(p) 2014 Orion Publishing Group

W&N

The Complete Call the Midwife Stories

Jennifer Worth
Authors:
Jennifer Worth

The East-End stories that inspired the BBC TV series, CALL THE MIDWIFE, in a gorgeous gift box.London's East End in the 1950s was a tough place: the struggles of post-war life - bombsites, overcrowded tenements, crime, brothels - bred a culture of tight-knit family communities, larger-than-life characters and a lively social scene. It was into this world that Jennifer Worth entered as a trainee midwife. But docklands life was tough, and babies were often born in slum conditions.In funny, disturbing and heartbreaking stories, Jennifer Worth recounts her time among nuns, prostitutes, abortionists, bigamists, gangsters and expectant mothers, portraying East Enders' amazing resilience - and their warmth and humour in the face of hardship. Written with affection and nostalgia, her midwife stories chronicle the lives, traditions and tales of a bygone era.

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Call the Midwife: Illustrated Edition

Jennifer Worth
Authors:
Jennifer Worth
W&N

In the Midst of Life

Jennifer Worth
Authors:
Jennifer Worth
Orion

Tales from a Midwife

Jennifer Worth
Authors:
Jennifer Worth
W&N

Farewell To The East End

Jennifer Worth
Authors:
Jennifer Worth
W&N

Shadows Of The Workhouse

Jennifer Worth
Authors:
Jennifer Worth

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.

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Personal History

Katharine Graham
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Katharine Graham

Anne de Courcy

Anne de Courcy is a well-known writer and journalist. In the 1970s she was Woman's Editor on the London Evening News and in the 1980s she was a regular feature-writer for the Evening Standard. She is also a former feature writer and reviewer for the Daily Mail. Her recent books include THE VICEROY'S DAUGHTERS and DEBS AT WAR.Go to www.annedecourcy.com for more information.

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Barbara Flynn

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Charlaine Harris

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Dmitry Glukhovsky

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Dot May Dunn

Dot May Dunn was born in Derbyshire, the daughter of a miner. In 1951 she joined the newly established NHS as a pre-nursing student at Leicester Royal Infirmary, eventually becoming a Research Fellow at St Bartholomew's London and the London Hospital Medical College. She has four nursing qualifications and 50 years on the 'coal face' behind her. She divides her time between England and France.

Fiona Shaw

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