Call the Midwife: Shadows of the Workhouse

Call the Midwife: Shadows of the Workhouse

CD-Audio Call the Midwife

By (author) Jennifer Worth, Read by Nicola Barber

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  • Publisher: Highbridge Company
  • Format: CD-Audio | 615 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 150mm x 23mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 4 February 2014
  • ISBN 10: 1622313445
  • ISBN 13: 9781622313440
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 754,590

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When twenty-two-year-old Jennifer Worth, from a comfortable middle-class upbringing, went to work as a midwife in the direst section of postwar London, she not only delivered hundreds of babies and touched many lives, she also became the neighborhood's most vivid chronicler. Woven into the ongoing tales of her life in the East End are the true stories of the people Worth met who grew up in the dreaded workhouse, a Dickensian institution that limped on into the middle of the twentieth century. Though these are stories of unimaginable hardship, what shines through each is the resilience of the human spirit and the strength, courage, and humor of people determined to build a future for themselves against the odds. This is an enduring work of literary nonfiction, at once a warmhearted coming-of-age story and a startling look at people's lives in the poorest section of postwar London.

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"The quality and pacing of the audio is excellent. The narrator, Nicola Barber, is a perfect match for the memoir and vividly recounts the hardships and poverty that Worth encountered during that time." --"Library Journal"