Call the Midwife: A True Story of the East End in the 1950s

by Jennifer Worth | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0753827875 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Dorothyredboots of York, North Yorkshire United Kingdom on 9/30/2015
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Journal Entry 1 by Dorothyredboots from York, North Yorkshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, September 30, 2015
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Synopsis from Amazon:-
'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.'

I didn't watch the TV series, but I know everyone raved about it. I have heard good reports about this book and I picked this copy up cheaply in a charity sale, so I thought it was worth a try.

Journal Entry 2 by Dorothyredboots at Parliament Street in York, North Yorkshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, October 6, 2021

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