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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.

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Call The Midwife
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Call the midwife
August 12th, 2015
Very informative of midwife duties in the 1950s. Very interesting read showing the London lifestyle and some of the difficulties faced.
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An Eye Opener
March 2nd, 2015
Call The Midwfe is a truely wonderful book! I love the tv programe and think the book would live up to it but I was wrong! I couldnt put the book down! I found it better than the tv drama! I was excited, scaryed, moved and eucataed. I already lve London but i want to go back and study the history and visit the places in the book. A truely fab read!
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Call The Midewife
June 21st, 2014
In equal measure enjoyable but frustratingly brief in that you were left wanting more detail, more fleshing out of the people.
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Call the Midwife
April 24th, 2014
Great insight into hardship in the East end of London in the 50s. Enjoyable read.
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Call the midwife
March 21st, 2014
Really enjoyed this book even though read it before
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Good informative read
February 26th, 2014
OMG, how things have changed in the last 60 years. But what a sence of community they had.
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Good informative read
February 26th, 2014
OMG, how things have changed in the last 60 years. But what a sence of community they had.
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Call the midwife
January 19th, 2014
Fantastic book must read.
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Call the midwife
October 10th, 2013
Thoroughly enjoyed this book
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Mrs
March 7th, 2013
Really interesting, informative and in places sad or funny. Well recommended
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Brilliant and enlightening book
February 10th, 2013
What a fantastic book and story, a must for anyone interested in the history and insights into midwifery and nursing in the 1950's. Written in such an easy going style, Jennifer Worth draws you in and really makes you feel as if you know all of the wonderful colourful characters in her book personally. We definately require more books of this ilk and refreshing style. Bravo.
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Enjoyed reading this.
January 27th, 2013
Amazing book. Now I have to read the others!
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A good read
January 12th, 2013
Interesting sad funny and an insight into life in England in the fifties
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