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Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End (The Midwife Trilogy Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer Worth
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Book Description

The last book in the trilogy begun by Jennifer Worth's New York Times bestseller and the basis for the PBS series Call the Midwife

When twenty-two-year-old Jennifer Worth, from a comfortable middle-class upbringing, went to work as a midwife in the poorest section of postwar London, she not only delivered hundreds of babies and touched many lives, she also became the neighborhood's most vivid chronicler. Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End is the last book in Worth's memoir trilogy, which the Times Literary Supplement described as "powerful stories with sweet charm and controlled outrage" in the face of dire circumstances.

Here, at last, is the full story of Chummy's delightful courtship and wedding. We also meet Megan'mave, identical twins who share a browbeaten husband, and return to Sister Monica Joan, who is in top eccentric form. As in Worth's first two books, Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times and Call the Midwife: Shadows of the Workhouse, the vividly portrayed denizens of a postwar East End contend with the trials of extreme poverty—unsanitary conditions, hunger, and disease—and find surprising ways to thrive in their tightly knit community.

A rich portrait of a bygone era of comradeship and midwifery populated by unforgettable characters, Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End will appeal to readers of Frank McCourt, Katherine Boo, and James Herriot, as well as to the fans of the acclaimed PBS show based on the trilogy.

Editorial Reviews


'compelling' TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT 'we are introduced to a host of colourful East End characters and the heartrending tragedies that befell so many of them... a great read' FAMILY HISTORY MONTHLY 'a fascinating and valuable insight into the cultural history of an area and people that is now barely recognisable... uncompromising and gripping... life affirming.' NURSING STANDARD

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. She gained the Licentiate of the London College of Music in 1974 and was awarded a Fellowship ten years later. Jennifer married Philip Worth in 1963 and they live together in Hertfordshire. They have two daughters and two grandchildren.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1028 KB
  • Print Length: 348 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0753823063
  • Publisher: Ecco; Reprint edition (March 12, 2013)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,541 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Farewell to the East End September 26, 2012
This memoir, much like the first in this trilogy, includes midwife and nurse's stories from London's East End. Many of the stories in this volume are arranged to highlight certain health issues of the day (twins/triplets, infanticide, tuberculosis, abortion), and include accompanying statistics and historical information. It is also worth noting that some of the stories included are of a bit more seedy nature than those included in the first two volumes, but I felt they were tastefully presented and the people therein were depicted with dignity. Happily, the last few chapters let you know what happened to all the nurses and nuns that you have come to know throughout the three volumes in this series. Wonderful series!
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Jennifer Worth story October 6, 2012
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This book follows on from the first one 'Call the Midwife' and is just as fascinating to read. I was sorry to come to the end of the book and wished that it had been longer. As I was born in 1940, the 1950's time frame of these books was relevant to me although I grew up in Australia, not London. We did have our fair share of midwifery problems I suppose, but few would have compared with the wives and mothers of the East End just after the war. Living sometimes in the most abject poverty in unhealthy and unsanitary conditions these women excelled. Being in the time when the man of the family never got involved with 'women's issues' these women, sometimes with ten or more children living in just two or three rooms with no inside plumbing or cooking facilities would help each other. In time of crisis neighbour would help neighbour, mother would help daughter. I recommend this book, especially if you can relate to the era, as it brings home just how folk lived in the East End of London. The close-knit community spirit was destroyed once the area was demolished and the inhabitants re-housed in other areas further away.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I finished the trilogy wanting more! September 6, 2012
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I finished the last book in the series like I was farewelling old friends. The character development is a work of genius and I loved each one of them I was reduced to tears and uplifted and inspired at other times. Loved these books.Not only was I enthralled by Jenny's stpory but she taught me much historical background and laws that I was unaware of. Inspirational work.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT June 3, 2013
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I saw the whole series on TV, and now want to read the books.

I am a nurse and worked in the ER at Cook County Hospital

in Chicago and Infant Welfare in a housing

Chicago during the 1950's. i could really relate to the story.

It is a heart warming story of caring and dedication to work

in places of need and difficulty. Yet, very rewarding to get to

know about the heart and souls of all people.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The final volume just as good. July 6, 2013
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I was looking forward to Jennifer Worth's final work on her time as a nurse midwife in London in the 1950's. I was not disappointed. Her stories of the effects of TB, illegal abortion, and the difficulties of daily life for women proves again that truth is stranger than fiction. The entire series is an important record and reflection on a time hopefully in the past. I know these books made me grateful that , as a woman, I live in the 21st century.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
London's East End as midwife Jennifer Lee knew it no longer exists, thanks to social engineering and urban renewal policies that condemned the tenements and relocated the families who had called the East End home for generations. The Sisters of St. Raymond Nonnatus, an Anglican convent dedicated to nursing and midwifery, found themselves no longer needed as the population they had served for so long went elsewhere - however unwillingly - and then "the pill" made it possible for women to control their fertility, at last. The birth rate dropped dramatically, and the sisters withdrew to their mother house and found new ways to serve. But during the last years of the East End, Nonnatus House was still there; and so were its young midwives, nurses who came there to be trained and who sometimes stayed to fulfill a religious vocation. While others, young women like Jenny Lee, moved on to other stages of their lives and careers - and some, like Chummy (familiar to readers of the trilogy's first two books, as well as to viewers of the PBS series), moved on to fulfill their religious callings elsewhere.

This third and final installment in Jennifer Lee Worth's memoirs is darker than the first two, as a way of life moves toward its close. It's also more factual, with a chapter telling a family's story (usually a tragic one) followed by a chapter-length essay about the medical/social problem involved. I found this less engaging and enjoyable than the author's storytelling in the first two books, but it is effective in its own way; and it does seem to be well researched. Toward the book's end, Chummy takes center stage with her delightful romance and fulfillment of a destiny quite different from what her aristocratic family intended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars third book in Midwife, still great March 18, 2014
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The final book in the series. I first discovered it on Netflix as a U.K. tv series. These stories of the adventures of trained midwives, who live with nuns and travel by bicycle in 1950's London, were taken from the diary of one midwife. Their youth and inexperience with life contrasts with the gritty experience of life in the poorest of neighborhoods. The human stories are alternately humorous, uplifting, and as unspeakably sad as is existence at the bottom of British society. It is also a fascinating look into the lives of London's poorest before and after WWII as it goes into the individual histories of some of her inhabitants.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars It will inspire you!!
Wonderfully written and the history you aquire is amazing!! Must read for anyone who wants to know how strong people can be after what was endured for so long.
Published 1 hour ago by Lisa R. Cecil
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book. Full of information about the era as ...
Excellent book. Full of information about the era as well as well-told anecdotes on being a mid-wife.
Published 3 hours ago by Kathy
5.0 out of 5 stars True all the way
I was born in London's East End, although I grew up in the West End. I have watched the series since the beginning. Read more
Published 6 hours ago by B. A. Morrison
5.0 out of 5 stars My wife loves the series.
I got this book for my wife, who loves the series.
Published 14 hours ago by steamduck43
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting time in history.
Not as compelling as the first two, but still entertaining.
Published 23 hours ago by constant reader
5.0 out of 5 stars She is a superb writer and I really enjoyed this book
Moving accounts of a part of history that is rarely talked about. She is a superb writer and I really enjoyed this book.
Published 2 days ago by Lynne M.
5.0 out of 5 stars EgadsI We have come a long way....
I am so glad that I had my children in the seventies, we have made lots of progress over the years in our knowledge of birthing. Jennifer Worth is a very entertaining author.
Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I hated to see this series end on PBS and hated ...
I hated to see this series end on PBS and hated it even more when I got to the end of the 3 books. Great read! Read more
Published 5 days ago by K. Bridges
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love Jennifer Worth's style of writing about her nurse-midwife experiences.
Published 6 days ago by Barbara Reif
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the story
I enjoyed the story .I was not aware that it was a series and that there was more than one book. I did enjoy the stories of the midwives and the way things have changed for women's... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Pat Riley
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