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Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End [NOOK Book]

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The last book in the trilogy begun by Jennifer Worth's New York Times bestseller 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 poorest section of postwar London, she not only delivered hundreds of babies and touched many lives, she also became the neighborhood's most vivid chronicler. Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End is the last book in Worth's ...

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Overview

The last book in the trilogy begun by Jennifer Worth's New York Times bestseller 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 poorest section of postwar London, she not only delivered hundreds of babies and touched many lives, she also became the neighborhood's most vivid chronicler. Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End is the last book in Worth's memoir trilogy, which the Times Literary Supplement described as "powerful stories with sweet charm and controlled outrage" in the face of dire circumstances.

Here, at last, is the full story of Chummy's delightful courtship and wedding. We also meet Megan'mave, identical twins who share a browbeaten husband, and return to Sister Monica Joan, who is in top eccentric form. As in Worth's first two books, Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times and Call the Midwife: Shadows of the Workhouse, the vividly portrayed denizens of a postwar East End contend with the trials of extreme poverty—unsanitary conditions, hunger, and disease—and find surprising ways to thrive in their tightly knit community.

A rich portrait of a bygone era of comradeship and midwifery populated by unforgettable characters, Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End will appeal to readers of Frank McCourt, Katherine Boo, and James Herriot, as well as to the fans of the acclaimed PBS show based on the trilogy.

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Few memoir trilogy finales are able to sustain their vibrancy. Jennifer Worth's Call the Midwife saga succeeds by making it the shared story of her and her East End clients. Like the PBS series that it inspired, the book takes us behind the closed doors of poor, eccentric Londoners who charm us with their improvised responses to their situations. A natural for fans of writers like Katherine Book, Frank McCourt, and James Herriot.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062270078
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/12/2013
  • Series: Call the Midwife Series , #3
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 7,452
  • File size: 930 KB

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 April 26, 2013

    I thought I knew my history until I read these books. The PBS s

    I thought I knew my history until I read these books. The PBS shows were good, but the books are much more intense. I'm glad Ms Worth was able to record not only her own memories, but those of her elders, so that we never forget how badly the poor, particularly women and children, were once abused by their employers and their governments in the "developed" world. Hopefully, never again.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2013

    Ezcellent.

    I wish I had more books to read by Jennifer Worth. Engaging, informative, funny at times, and well worth reading and buying. A++++ job.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2013

    Love!

    Reading the words brings such an imagary of the life these midwives lived. The author makes me feel as if I am there with them, in a different place and time. The midwives compassion and adventure truly captures how I feel we as humans were constructed to live, changing the lives of others while we are living to the fullest.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    I couldn't put it down.

    This book was very interesting. It was so much more than stories about midwives delivering babies. I learned a lot about post war living conditions in London. The author also made it easy to feel like I knew the people she described.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2013

    well worth the read

    I read all 3 of these books and totally enjoyed each of them. If you are a fan of the series or even if you haven't seen the series these are fascinating stories.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2013

    Great

    This is a wonderful book with a great picture of life as it was in the late 50's and 60's. Yes, I was a young nurse at that time and this book puts it all so clearly.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    A great read!!

    I am an elderly retired woman physician who served many low income families. Jennifer Worth reported the work and call of women who have served in this fashion. I thoroughly injoyed the book. I hope to read more such books.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 15, 2013

    Fantastic book!

    I just finished this book. It was so good I wish there was a fourth book. I will really miss the midwives and the people of East End London.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2013

    Get them, read them

    now have all three - the PBS program is true to her memoirs; have enjoyed reading them, half-way through second and not at all disappointed. Eager for next season of the TV program. As above, get them read them you will not be disappointed.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2014

    Wonderful reading as expected!

    I have read all of the "Call the Midwife" books and I also watch the show of PBS. This book was moving, sad, happy, exciting,informative and enlightening all at the same time. If you like the show you should read this book. It gives more detail into the lives of the Nuns and midwives after they all move on to other parts of their lives.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 25, 2014

    The BBC/PBS series follows the book

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2014

    Not the pbs series much more gritty

    And unpleasant this was a real slum not prettied up for a series. Of course the ob grafics on tv balance it out. Both book and the resulting series are worth reading and watching

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    A must read

    Excellent. We'll written. Realistic.
    All the scenes unfolded in my mind effortlessly.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2013

    A great ending

    This is a great ending to the series. Enjoy

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2013

    Wonderful stories!

    Her story characters seem so real. I didn't want it to end; the TV story on BBc was
    enjoyable after reading the books.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2014

    Inspirational

    seeing how people lived,worked,gave birth and died in such poor areas and under the conditions of the time was inspiring.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 18, 2013

    fun

    this is a valuable addition to the pbs series

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2013

    Very interesting

    Jjpw

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2014

    Highly Recommend!

    Interesting, well written, charming, sad, lovely.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2014

    Wish there were more books to love by this author

    I read all 3 and loved them especially Chummy's story which is in this book. I just saw the episode on TV where her mum died and it's nothing like the book. Chummy is such a great character. Loved all the characters, the nuns, and of course the midwives. Great read, old bean, Jennifer Worth!

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