Call the Midwife: Shadows of the Workhouse [NOOK Book]

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The sequel to Jennifer Worth's New York Times bestselling memoir and the basis for the PBS series Call the Midwife

When twenty-two-year-old Jennifer Worth, from a comfortable middle-class upbringing, went to work as a midwife in the direst section of postwar London, she not only delivered hundreds of babies and touched many lives, she also became the neighborhood's most vivid chronicler. Woven into the ongoing tales of her life in the East End are the true stories of the people ...

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Overview

The sequel to Jennifer Worth's New York Times bestselling memoir and the basis for the PBS series Call the Midwife

When twenty-two-year-old Jennifer Worth, from a comfortable middle-class upbringing, went to work as a midwife in the direst section of postwar London, she not only delivered hundreds of babies and touched many lives, she also became the neighborhood's most vivid chronicler. Woven into the ongoing tales of her life in the East End are the true stories of the people Worth met who grew up in the dreaded workhouse, a Dickensian institution that limped on into the middle of the twentieth century.

Orphaned brother and sister Peggy and Frank lived in the workhouse until Frank got free and returned to rescue his sister. Bubbly Jane's spirit was broken by the cruelty of the workhouse master until she found kindness and romance years later at Nonnatus House. Mr. Collett, a Boer War veteran, lost his family in the two world wars and died in the workhouse.

Though these are stories of unimaginable hardship, what shines through each is the resilience of the human spirit and the strength, courage, and humor of people determined to build a future for themselves against the odds. This is an enduring work of literary nonfiction, at once a warmhearted coming-of-age story and a startling look at people's lives in the poorest section of postwar London.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062270054
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/22/2013
  • Series: Call the Midwife Series , #2
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 4,354
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Jennifer Worth trained as a nurse at the Royal Berk-shire Hospital in Reading, and was later ward sister at the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital in London, then the Marie Curie Hospital, also in London. Music had always been her passion, and in 1973 she left nursing in order to study music intensively, teaching piano and singing for about twenty-five years. Jennifer died in May 2011 after a short illness, leaving her husband, Philip; two daughters; and three grandchildren. Her books have all been bestsellers in England.

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  • Posted February 19, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    I am completely intrigued by the story of the midwives; what bro

    I am completely intrigued by the story of the midwives; what brought them to the Nonnatus House and the lives of the people they served. Jane's story completely brought me to tears. The times were hard, people had to be hard but there was so much suffering that my heartaches for the times. The author does a wonderful job of rewinding life so that you can imagine the deplorable conditions, the struggles, the people and how hard life is for so many.

    The book is compiled into three different part. Part 1 focuses on the Workhouse Children; Part 2 The Trial of Sister Monica Joan and Part 3; The Old Soldier. Each one reads beautifully and reminds us of how far we have come and how very fortunate we are.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 15, 2013

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    Jennifer Worth knows how to tell a story. In Call the Midwife, W

    Jennifer Worth knows how to tell a story. In Call the Midwife, Worth describes moving from a middle class upbringing to becoming a midwife in a poor part of London. But it is much more than just that. Jennifer is a chronicler of sorts for the entire community in which she works – painting a picture of the inhabitants she works among and lives among. She has a beautiful way with words. Five stars.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2013

    Recommend

    I couldn't believe there was such a terrible place as the workhouses. It seems like something from the Dark Ages.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2013

    Loved this book!

    Once again, Jennifer Worth kept my attention throughout this book. She writes intelligently and with compassion. This is the second book of the 3-part series. It will not disappoint you.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2013

    Excellent.

    Informative and highly readable. Kept my attention and interest - plus I learned some history on the way. A++++ job.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    Must read of you like non fiction.

    After finishing the first book in the series I couldn't wait to start this one. I wasn't disappointed. It was as interesting and informative as the first one. This one had a little more humor than the first did. The author describes without criticizing the workhouse situation so I was able to see beyond the conditions and feel involved with the people. It is very different than the first and yet still connected to it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2014

    What wonderful stories of life, hope, dignity, respect and love!

    What wonderful stories of life, hope, dignity, respect and love! Writing style is excellent, and this was truly a can't-put-down book. Hopefully, we all look at our ancestors and see how much they selflessly gave so we could live as we do. I started with Part 2, but really don't think you need to read it in order. Part 2 had stories that stand-alone and don't seem to build on Part 1. Don't miss this one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2014

    great series

    I had heard of work houses in the 19th and 20th centuries, but reading how they really were was shocking.........

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2014

    A great read! Highly recommend this book.

    This is definitely a good read if you enjoy the tv series "Call the Midwife". Ms Worth writes from the heart, gives you understanding and history of the workhouses. Her heartfelt compassion for her work and for the people she came to know makes this one of the best books I have picked up in a very long time.

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  • Posted April 25, 2014

    The BBC/PBS series follows the book

    This book gives a good description of the workhouses and how they were phased out. The BBC/PBS series follows the book in most cases. Some of the episodes come from the other books in this series. It was delightful to read it in her own words. I wish she had written more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2014

    These are much more gritty than the pbs series

    The series has been sanitized since these had been the worse slums but by now had been bombed out and those there had probably survived by being sent out if the city. It was also the home if the foreign sailors etc

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2014

    If you like the show then you must read the book.

    Even if you do not watch the show the book the book is a must read. It shows what life was like for the poor people of London after the War.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2014

    Great reading!

    This is the second book in the series that I have read and I found it to be a great read and very interesting and entertaining. I also watch the PBS series so the book just emphasisses the show. Made me laugh and cry and appreciate the hard work these women did.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2014

    Must read

    I had no idea of this side of englands social history fascinating story and background of social services for the poor on both a personal and overall view could not put down

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2014

    Birth

    Im pregnant and need to know how to give birht

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2014

    Less midwifery

    My favorite thing about the first book was tge birth stories

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  • Posted November 26, 2013

    Recommended if you are interested Dickensian type life in England.

    Midwifery was most important in the preservation of fetal life and the trials and tribulations of the women who assisted with the delivery. It was written with clarity and makes for rapid reading. The surroundings of the lower class and their living difficulties will make one appreciate the progress in social and medical environments.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2013

    Love these stories

    I am a big fan of the PBS series based on these books. These stories put a face on the history of the English "poor law to welfare state" development. The Peggies, Franks and Janes really existed, and that's just intriguing to me. And her reactions and how the stories change how she matures is the true change

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    Posted October 14, 2013

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    0 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2013

    Very interesting

    Jpw

    0 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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