Call the Midwife

Call the Midwife


By (author) Jennifer Worth

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  • Format: Hardback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 166mm x 230mm x 36mm | 1,060g
  • Publication date: 13 September 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0297868780
  • ISBN 13: 9780297868781
  • Edition: Illustrated
  • Edition statement: Illustrated edition
  • Illustrations note: ill
  • Sales rank: 53,598

Product description

This is a large beautifully illustrated edition of CALL THE MIDWIFE with never-before-seen photographs which bring the real London and real lives to life. Pictures of the docklands, photos of how life was lived at the time, the families, housing, health service, food and of course the nuns and the midwives who brought so many babies into the world will be a beautiful addition to Jennifer Worth's bestselling memoir.

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Author information

Jennifer Worth trained as a nurse at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, 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.

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From the moment I opened this beautifully-illustrated hardback, I was enchanted - from the poignant sepia photographs, to the author's engaging, conversational prose... I would highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a moving and heart-warming memoir HISTORICAL NOVEL SOCIETY brings the East End of the Fifties to life CHOICE MAGAZINE This is an illustrated version...studded with drawings and wonderful black-and-white photographs of the East End - where Jennifer practised - in the 1950s... very moving... Worth's publishers have included photographs from her own family that you get an even clearer sense of this lost world - those who lived it, and those who tried to make it more bearable THE LADY glorious... A real treat, particularly for fans of the TV show, and one to keep FAMILY TREE MAGAZINE Worth's books are full of fascinating social history: about living conditions in east London, the scale of poverty and violence, the realities of postwar medicine and the workhouse NEW STATESMAN

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Jennifer Worth's bestselling memoir evokes the lost world of 1950s East End London. The gritty reality of day to day life in a city recovering from war, in which families live in bombsites, children play among the rubble and the spectre of disease looms large, is set against the heroism and resilience of the women who struggle to bring their babies into the world and the midwives who fight alongside them. Funny, disturbing and moving, this special illustrated edition of Call the Midwife featuring previously unpublished photographs from the time and from the Worth family's personal albums brings to life a world that has now changed beyond measure.