In the Midst of Life

In the Midst of Life

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The last collection of true-life nursing stories from the No.1 bestselling author of the CALL THE MIDWIFE series, soon to be a major BBC TV series.

Jennifer Worth's bestselling memoirs of her time as a midwife have inspired and moved readers of all ages.

Now, in IN THE MIDST OF LIFE she documents her experiences as a nurse and ward sister, treating patients who were nearing the end of their lives. Interspersed with these stories from Jennifer's post-midwife career are the histories of her patients, from the family divided by a decision nobody could bear to make, to the mother who comes to her son's adopted country and joins his family without being able to speak a word of English.

IN THE MIDST OF LIFE also gives moving insights not just into Jennifer's life and career, but also of a period of time which seems very different to today's, fast-paced world.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 134 x 197 x 29mm | 310g
  • Weidenfeld & Nicolson
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0753827522
  • 9780753827529
  • 3,206

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Worth is a vivid writer with a talent for the sting in the tail ... a highly readable book EVENING STANDARD
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Worth is a vivid writer with a talent for the sting in the tail ... a highly readable book * EVENING STANDARD * Life-enhancing * Matthew Parris, THE TIMES * Worth is indeed a natural storyteller... gripping, moving and convincing from beginning to end... a powerful evocation of a long-gone world * LITERARY REVIEW * Worth's compassion and a burning mission remind us that end-of-life care doesn't have to be complex * THE LADY *
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About Jennifer Worth

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 25 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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Wonderful book which affirms my belief that at certain times to prolong life at any cost is so wrong, modern medicine has come on so much but somewhere along the line good old common sense needs to prevail, well worth reading this, its not all gloom and doom which is what you may think when you read the question on the front cover is there such a thing as a good death? I know one thing for sure when I get to the age where I have had enough of this earthly plane I will make sure that I have D N R on my notes, not ready for that yet though!show more
by karen Beaumont
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