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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.


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    Title
    Call the Midwife
    Subtitle
    A True Story of the East End in the 1950s
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jennifer Worth
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 368
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 259 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780753823835
    ISBN 10: 0753823837
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21600
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBKESL
    BIC subject category V2: HBTB
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.0A
    BIC subject category V2: BM
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJPG
    BIC subject category V2: MQD
    BISAC V2.8: BIO026000
    BIC subject category V2: 1DBKESL, 3JJPG
    DC22: 942.150855092
    Thema V1.0: DNC, NHTB, MQD
    Illustrations note
    8
    Publisher
    Orion Publishing Co
    Imprint name
    Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
    Publication date
    06 March 2008
    Publication City/Country
    London
    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.
    Review quote
    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