Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth

Call the Midwife

By Jennifer Worth

  • Release Date: 2009-05-14
  • Genre: Biography
Score: 4.5
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Description

A fascinating slice of social history - Jennifer Worth's tales of being a midwife in 1950s London, now a major BBC TV series.

Jennifer 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.

Reviews

  • Best book I've read

    5
    By Ljc919
    Well worthy read !!
  • Call the midwife

    5
    By Word rub
    A truly wonderful read left me wanting more
  • Superb

    5
    By Kimseren
    What a wonderful, warm, gritty read . I couldn't put it down . Having seen the TV series I bought this . Five stars are not enough .
  • Couldn't put it down!

    5
    By Targig
    I read this book after watching the tv series, it's a fantastic read. The detailed descriptions of both the environment and the characters are excellent.
  • Great

    5
    By bookworm 2
    A real insight into life in the 1950s and how life has moved on. This book is touching and funny with great characters. I really enjoyed it.
  • Welly enjoyable!

    4
    By C.D.S.1
    A beautifully written memoir which is both very funny and very sad in equal measure. A fine depiction of a not too distant passed captured with humility and a precise knowledge and attention to detail. An easy read and very enjoyable.
  • Great read

    5
    By Ruthy 28
    This was the first book I bought for my I pad (i books) and I couldn't put it down. Looking forward to reading the rest.
  • Great

    5
    By Ellebear
    I found this book a fantastic read enjoyed all of it well worth the money
  • Fabulous, Fabulous , Fabulous!

    5
    By Wheelie Gonzales
    What a read, I couldn't put it down. I bought this after seeing the tv program & glad I did. My mum is a retired midwife so I can relate to the material. No matter what your age or reading ability, this is well worth reading & gives such a fascinating glimpse into cockney life in the 50's. Can't wait to read the next in the series .
  • Better to watch on tv

    3
    By Squoogs
    While the book is mildly diverting and historically interesting, it lacks a narrative story to hold ones attention. Sometimes, the explanations of midwifery are rather lengthy and dull. Ok but not exactly a gripping read.

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