Call the Midwife: A True Story of the East End in the 1950s (Paperback)
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DescriptionJennifer 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.
- Published: 06 March 2008
- Format: Paperback 368 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780753823835 ISBN 10: 0753823837
- Sales rank: 410
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Reviews for Call the Midwife
A great read
This book was a fascinating insight into the life of a midwife in the poorest part of London during the 1950's and 1960's. I'd highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in the social aspects of this period of time or who is interested in midwifery. by Sally