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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. Read by Stephanie Cole

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    Call the Midwife
    A True Story of the East End in the 1950s
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jennifer Worth, Read by Stephanie Cole
    Physical properties
    Format: CD-Audio
    Width: 139 mm
    Height: 144 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 150 g
    ISBN 13: 9781409100843
    ISBN 10: 1409100847

    BIC E4L: BIO
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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.0A
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    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11600
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    BISAC V2.8: MED058120
    BIC subject category V2: MQD
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    BIC subject category V2: 1DBKESL, 3JJPG
    DC22: 942.150855092
    BISAC V2.8: HIS054000
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    Edition statement
    Abridged edition
    Orion Publishing Co
    Imprint name
    Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
    Publication date
    12 June 2008
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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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    "The descriptive detail and wonderful story-telling makes this tale of a young woman's coming of age a rounded historical but highly engaging account of a community and the health workers at its heart." WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? "The fascinating story of Worth's apprentice years as a midwife among London's poorest families... stuffed with amazing characters and heart-warming experiences." -- Christina Hardyment THE TIMES Working out of a convent of nursing nuns her tale engenders a mixture of laughter and tears as she delivers babies in London's East End slums where poverty, brutality and a great sense of community walked hand-in-hand. -- Kati Nicholl DAILY EXPRESS This is riveting, unforgettable testimony, beautifully read. -- Rachel Redford THE OLDIE "An eye-opening piece of social history, stuffed with unexpected characters and incidents ... Stephanie Cole's slightly plummy, confidently no-nonsense voice is an excellent fit for the text." -- Christina Hardyment BBC HISTORY MAGAZINE Full of amazing characters and hair-raising as well as heart-warming experiences. THE TIMES