- Series: Call the Midwife
- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Ecco; Reprint edition (January 22, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062270044
- ISBN-13: 978-0062270047
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (982 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The sequel to Jennifer Worth's New York Times bestselling memoir 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 direst section of postwar London, she not only delivered hundreds of babies and touched many lives, she also became the neighborhood's most vivid chronicler. Woven into the ongoing tales of her life in the East End are the true stories of the people Worth met who grew up in the dreaded workhouse, a Dickensian institution that limped on into the middle of the twentieth century.
Orphaned brother and sister Peggy and Frank lived in the workhouse until Frank got free and returned to rescue his sister. Bubbly Jane's spirit was broken by the cruelty of the workhouse master until she found kindness and romance years later at Nonnatus House. Mr. Collett, a Boer War veteran, lost his family in the two world wars and died in the workhouse.
Though these are stories of unimaginable hardship, what shines through each is the resilience of the human spirit and the strength, courage, and humor of people determined to build a future for themselves against the odds. This is an enduring work of literary nonfiction, at once a warmhearted coming-of-age story and a startling look at people's lives in the poorest section of postwar London.
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Worth also published a memoir of her life/days as a midwife, "The Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times." That book, too, is as good as the books in the Call the Midwife trilogy. Highly recommend all four books.
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