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    DescriptionIn this follow up to CALL THE MIDWIFE, Jennifer Worth, a midwife working in the docklands area of East London in the 1950s tells more stories about the fascinating people she encountered. There's the story of Jane who cleaned and generally helped out at Nonnatus House - she was taken to the workhouse as a baby and was allegedly the illegitimate daughter of an aristocrat. Peggy and Frank's parents both died within 6 months of each other and the children were left destitute. At the time, there was no other option for them but the workhouse. The Reverend Thornton-Appleby-Thorton, a missionary in Africa, comes to visit the Nonnatus nuns and Sister Julienne acts as matchmaker. And Sister Monica Joan, the eccentric ninety-year-old nun, is accused of shoplifting some small items from the local market. She is let off with a warning, but then Jennifer finds stolen jewels from Hatten Garden in the nun's room. The case is taken to court and Sister Monica Joan becomes a cause celebre. These stories give a fascinating insight into the lives of the poor in 1950s London, of the shadow of the workhouse that always hung over their lives but also of the resilience and spirit that enabled ordinary people to overcome their difficulties.


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    Title
    Shadows of the Workhouse
    Subtitle
    The Drama of Life in Postwar London
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jennifer Worth, Read by Stephanie Cole, Read by Anne Reid
    Physical properties
    Format: CD-Audio
    Width: 136 mm
    Height: 137 mm
    Thickness: 14 mm
    Weight: 145 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781409101390
    ISBN 10: 1409101398
    Classifications

    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
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 51600
    BISAC V2.8: MED058120
    BIC subject category V2: MQD
    BISAC V2.8: BIO026000
    BIC subject category V2: 1DBKESL, 3JJPG
    DC22: 942.150855092
    BISAC V2.8: HIS054000
    Edition
    Unabridged
    Edition statement
    Unabridged
    Publisher
    Orion Publishing Co
    Imprint name
    Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
    Publication date
    04 December 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
    Dignified and unsentimental social history. OBSERVER