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.
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A beautifully written memoir which is both very funny and very sad in equal measure.
A fine depiction of a not too distant passed captured with humility and a precise knowledge and attention to detail.
An easy read and very enjoyable.
Call the midwife
I read all her books as and I must say I couldn't put it down! I bought them after I had a miscarriage and read this book over and over even once I got pregnant again. So easy to read and for me I can see what happened like pictures in my mind! Not often a book does that to me! Great read would recommend to everyone!
A worth while read!
Fantastic book, defo one of my favourites. Jennifer worth has a amazing way with words, so much so I could not put the book down!