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Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times Paperback – Aug 29 2012
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Re-released to tie in with a new BBC adaptation, you must read this superbly moving but also witty story. CLOSER This is a funny, at times disturbing, memoir of a world that has now changed beyond measure. HUDDERSFIELD DAILY EXAMINER A poignant, funny and enlightening book -- Charlotte Vowden DAILY EXPRESS If you loved the TV adaptation, why not read the original books of Jennifer Worth's stories of being a midwife in London in the '50s? The characters you will meet, both colleagues and patients, stay with you for a long time WOMAN --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Jennifer Worth trained as a nurse at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading. She then moved to London to train as a midwife. She later became a staff nurse at the Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel, and then ward sister and sister at the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital in Euston. Music had always been her passion, and in 1973 Jennifer left nursing in order to study music intensively, gaining the Licentiate of the London College of Music in 1974 and a Fellowship ten years later. Jennifer married Philip Worth in 1963 and they lived together in Hertfordshire. She died in May 2011, leaving her husband, two daughters and three grandchildren. Her memoirs are the basis for the popular TV series Call the Midwife.
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The nuns and midwives of Nonnatus house work with compassion and skill to serve their community to help the mum's of London's slum to care for these infants and bring the new little ones into the world.
This is a book that I would without a doubt recommend
A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times
By Jennifer Worth
"Whoever heard of a midwife as a literary heroine? Yet midwifery is the very stuff of drama. Every child is conceived either in love or lust, is born in pain, followed by joy or sometimes remorse. A Midwife is in the thick of it, she sees it all."
So begins author Worth's memoir and boy is it a fascinating read. This is the first book in the trilogy, which has sold over a million copies in the UK alone. The setting is early 1950's East End of London among the poorest of the poor. This was the land of tenement housing and crime ran as high as the tide that slapped the docks where the majority of the men living in the area worked.
Though Worth was a trained RN, nothing could have prepared her for the work she stepped into alongside the nuns of St Raymund Nonnatus. Through language filled with frank detail and awe for her surroundings, Worth pulls the reader right into the squalor and finds beauty there. The midwives move through the East End on one speed bikes, hauling their simple medical implements, winding through the maze of barely paved lanes and back alleys to deliver baby after baby. Nearly 100 a month!
One aspect of Worth's writing I found a little off-putting was her attempt at conveying the cockney accent spoken by most East Enders of that time. It stops the flow and nearly always comes up when she's explaining a very touching situation and creates this moment of unintentional humor where I'm pretty sure there was very little.
Worth's writing shines when she describes her patients.
"Large families may be the norm, but this is ridiculous...The twenty-fourth baby! And Mrs Conchita Warren spoke no English. I was fascinated.Read more ›
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The book relates to things i have been told from British friendsPublished 3 months ago by Joanne Sine
Such a fascinating read on the history and the challenges of life as a midwife for these very young girls and the nuns of this order. Love it.Published 3 months ago by Cindy Jurak
Great reading, a different time. Watched series on TV and intend to buy DVDs so I cam re-watch at will!Published 3 months ago by Joanne Kearsey
A wonderful, well written book that is as thought provoking as it is engrossing. Numerous times i was reading it through very teary eyes. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jennifer Grosse
Very well written .I have watched the TV series so it was a great read.Published 10 months ago by elizabeth sackman
Lightweight reading but deeply felt stories and all from the author's personal experience. Delivered in great condition.Published 13 months ago by Lynne P
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