Call The Midwife: A True Story of the East End in the 1950s
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... show more
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.
Publish date: 5 stycznia 2011
Publisher: Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
Pages no: 368
Edition language: English
This was my first experience with an audiobook in a long while, and this was a good experience. My only issue with the format is how much longer it takes to listen to a book rather than simply reading it. 'Call the Midwife' seemed the clear choice since my husband and I have made it a ritual to bawl...
I put this book on hold so long before I got it that I'd forgot I put it on hold. That being said I really enjoyed this book. I find the birthing business and the way it's changed through the years fascinating and it was so interesting to hear this perspective. This book mostly covers the authors e...
Being a big fan of the TV show, I wanted to try Worth’s memoirs. It was interesting to track the places where it was exactly the same and the places where changes had been made. In general, I appreciated the book, but I didn’t love it as much as I did the show itself.
I can see why this book was so popular. Barber’s narration doesn’t disrupt the image of the television show, so if you, like me, are coming to this book after watching the television series, you’ll be fine. What is interesting is how much the series did take from the book, though sometimes re-assi...
A midwife's authentic and slightly ethnocentric account of mid-20th century London slums. While the author is a competent writer, it's not literary, and to me that adds to the charm. She was a bit patronizing of her patients at times, but she did seem to genuinely care for them. I really liked ...