- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Harper Element (25 Oct. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007457146
- ISBN-13: 978-0007457144
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.6 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (177 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 129,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Bundles of Joy: Two Thousand Miracles. One Unstoppable Manchester Midwife Paperback – 25 Oct 2012
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About the Author
Linda Fairley enrolled as a trainee nurse with Manchester Royal Infirmary at the age of 18. She went on to train as a midwife at St Mary’s Infirmary, and later Tameside Hospital in Greater Manchester. She remained there for the next 40 years.
Linda lives in Greater Manchester and has two children, Peter and Fiona. In 2010 she was nominated for the Cheshire Woman of the Year Award, held in aid of the NSPCC. She still works two days a week as a community midwife, continuing to serve the women of Tameside. Linda’s first book, The Midwife’s Here!, was a Sunday Times bestseller.
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The first book focused very much on Linda qualifying to become a nurse, and then her days as a student midwife, and her early days as a newly qualified midwife. But I was itching to read more about her life, knowing that she is the longest serving midwife in the UK, I knew it would be very interesting.
I love Linda's compassion and the way in which she talks about her Mums. You can tell that she builds up a real rapport with the Mums, and that some of the cases stay with her for a very long time - be it good or bad. I love her funny little stories too. I spent much of the time reading this book wanting to laugh, or cry.
I also loved reading about Linda's life which has been full of ups and downs and happy times and sad. I loved reading about her family, and her own experiences of having children. Also, later in life how her children have grown and what they have became.
This book was incredibly moreish, and I devoured it very quickly! Sadly, I think this may be the last book from Linda, but it will be a real shame if it is. For others that are a fan of all things midwifery, this is one of the best books that I have read on the subject. Brilliant!
As a pupil midwife I worked from Hyde and would be present at ante natal clinics in run by my community midwife mentor and Harold Shipman.
Lindas thoughts on empowering women and giving them choice mirror my own and her sadness at how midwives now have to practise so defensively is one shared by myself and many of my colleagues.
I wondered why I had never come across Linda during the five hears I worked at TGH but I now realise that during that period Linda was either on maternity leave or working nights and our paths never crossed, we do have many mutual colleagues though and after I read Linda's book I watched her Daybreak appearance on YouTube, it was lovely to see my old friend Chris Bassett paying tribute to Linda.
Whilst this book is very personal to me because it references people and places I know well I would recommend it to any midwife of the same era and mums everywhere will find something in there to identify with their own birth experiences.
Once again I have to thank Linda for telling it like it is and for awakening some long forgotten memories for me.
It was an absolute joy to read. There were times when I didn't want to put the kindle down.
The stories were both happy,sad and heartwarming.
I was honestly disappointed with Linda's first book. I thought she talked too much about her training years as a nurse and should have placed more emphasis on her midwife skills.
She certainly made up for it this time.
Having read the book, I feel like I know Linda personally, she confided that much in the book it's as if I do really know her. She paints such a vivid picture of her patients it's as though a vision of them comes to mind too.
You can tell she put her heart and soul into her profession who will no doubt be lost without her skills now she has retired.
Come on Linda, you must have more stories to tell.
Well done on a excellent book.
To other Amazon customers hovering over the buy button, press it, you won't be disappointed, that's a promise.
So, when the sequel came up in the Amazon Vine programme and I could review it for free, I was happy to order it.
The book is the continuing true story of one of Britain's longest-serving midwives, and picks up where the previous book left off.
My main criticism of the previous book was that I found the style a little odd - sometimes too much banal personal detail about her private life and not enough about her midwifery - and that I was disappointed to find it was written by a ghost writer and not the author herself. I also found the book just a little smug - she went on and on about what a perfect, lucky life she had and how everything went right for her, which is lovely but got a little wearing with repetition!
I found this book an improvement. For a start, as the author got older and wiser she had a few troubles of her own and whilst it sounds awful and I'm not saying I'm happy they happened to her, it did make her seem more of a real person that you could relate to than the first book - you found yourself a bit more involved and more sympathetic to her.
It's also a bit faster-paced, with a better balance between the midwifery and her personal life, and the stories about her midwifery are better told.
It takes you right through to the present day, and there are certainly some interesting tales, including her being midwife to a soap star and her memories of knowing the notorious Dr.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I decided to download this book to my kindle after reading Linda Fairleys first book: The Midwifes Here! I thoroughly enjoyed this book.Published 2 days ago by Naomi
I enjoyed this book, but it's not the best written or most engaging memoir of midwifery I've read. Linda is clearly an unflappable, highly-skilled, no-nonsense, caring midwife and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mrs. S. Biddulph
Brilliant book. You must read Linda's previous book as this is the follow on from that. I
Really gives you an insight as to how midwifery and come on. Read more
This is a most enjoyable story. Linda writes as it happened. Full of lovely surprises.Published 4 months ago by Dickiebird
lovely book read the first book and this one was just as good I live in tamside and she was my midwife and I went to school whith her daughter so I love this book she such a lovely... Read morePublished 4 months ago by adrian sandiford
I loved the first book and this one is just as enthralling, funny and insightful. Buy it and you will not be disappointed.Published 6 months ago by C. J. Mason