- Paperback: 300 pages
- Publisher: Merton Books; 1st ed. edition (3 July 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1872560105
- ISBN-13: 978-1872560106
- Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 15.6 x 2.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (950 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,330,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Call the Midwife Paperback – 3 Jul 2002
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I loved the people, the nuns, the tough dockers, the prostitutes and pimps, seen with the fresh eyes of youth. -- The Guardian 2nd October 2002 - Mark Chadbourn
Jennifer Worth can rival James Herriot with her descriptions of childbirth in the Poplar tenements. -- Sunday Express 7th July 2002 - Fiona McDonald Smith
Superb Writing..... her book is the first of its kind and the first of a triogy. The second 'Workhouse Children' is already with the publisher. -- Limited Edition October - Sarah Mills
This Brillient book was written because there is nothing by midwives about midwifery in the whole of European Literature -- Eastern Daily Press 14th October 2002 - Rachel Banham
You must get this glorious, glorious book. -- BBC Radio Essex 2nd July 2002 - Dave Monk
Tie-in edition of Jennifer Worth's tales of being a midwife in 1950s London, now a major BBC TV series. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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She presents lives of abject poverty, destitution and slum living, combined with the fact that most women did not have one or two children, but five, ten, fifteen - and in one case twenty four! As the book progresses we meet so many different characters and learn their haunting stories. The tale of Mary, the 14 year old Irish girl, abused by her stepfather and neglected by her alcoholic mother, who naively ran away to London in hope of a better life, and was forced into prostitution and later separated by force from her baby. This left me in tears, weeping for this poor girl who never stood a chance. The story of the elderly Mrs Jenkins, who the author found so repulsive until she learned of her truely harrowing experiences in the workhouse. The tale of an elderly man called Ted, who realised that the child his wife bore him could not possibly be his, but as he held the baby in his arms decided to love him as his own anyway. The tale of Conchita and Len, and their happy, cheerful home with twenty-four children! And how her maternal instinct saved the life of her premature twenty-fifth baby.
This book provides the reader with an insight into life in the 1950s East End. I studied social history as part of my first degree, and this should be a compulsary text. This book explains with great clarity the extreme level of poverty without hope of relief that was the lot for many in those days. But there were also many wonderful things about the time. People lived their front doors unlocked, had families just around the corner for support and so on.
I could go on and on about this book, but perhaps I should just say, read it and discover its value for yourself.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
just as good as the programme,, you can loose your self in the book.Published 12 hours ago by Ray nelson
As a fan of the TV series I enjoyed this a lot. Gave more depth to some characters. More grittyPublished 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
Couldn't put it down. Loved the tv series but it's so much more personal reading the book. Recommend to everyonePublished 6 days ago by S.Jay
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