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Farewell To The East End: The Last Days of the East End Midwives (Call The Midwife Book 3)

Farewell To The East End: The Last Days of the East End Midwives (Call The Midwife Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer Worth
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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)

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The third and final book in the bestselling 'Call the Midwife' series

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Jennifer Worth was a nurse, midwife, ward sister and night sister from 1953 until 1973, working mainly in London. Music had always been her passion, and in 1973 she left nursing in order to study music intensively, teaching piano and singing for about twenty-five years. All Jennifer's books have been bestsellers and Call the Midwife is now a major BBC TV adaptation.

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72 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars C Andrews 20 Oct 2009
I cannot recommend this book (and the other two books in the mini series - call the midwife and shadows of the workhouse) highly enough. Very interesting content about a now vanished world, lively characters, fluent and engaging written style and with so much social history thrown in that it is more useful than a textbook would be. Twinning the detailed explanations on previous midwifery practice with the cultural background of the dockers lives is a wonderful combination that is fresh and revealing. Very sad to get to the end of the book as it certainly closes off any chance of a follow up. I am now busy passing my copies of all three books around my friends so they can read them too! Wonderful!!
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The end becomes the beginning 31 July 2010
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Farewell to the East End is the third and final `Midwife' book by Jennifer Worth. She has excelled herself again with stories of the East End of London, their inhabitants, their births and deaths as well as the tales of her colleagues especially the Nuns. Fans of Sister Monica Joan will not be disappointed.

I know that Worth has used some poetic licence with the telling of these stories, as she does not reveal the real name and location of the Convent where she is based. And a number of her stories are gleaned from fellow nurses and midwives over the years and Worth has added dialogue for the purpose of the story telling. To me this does not matter all it does is enrich the story and give it much more of a sense of purpose.

The East End of London was changing as the Sixties dawned. The docks were changing from what they were during the Second World War, and with that the inhabitants of the area that fed the docks with their labour were changing as well.

Worth tells us many stories of differing outcomes which are based around the characters living in and around the docks. In the case of Worth's colleague `Chummy' wanting to become a missionary is called to the docks in the night and ends up swaying on a rope ladder onto a visiting ship where it is reported that someone has given birth? But the ships only carry a male crew so is her visit a wasted one or is she walking into something that is another world with differing morals?

The feature of tuberculosis is strong throughout the book; this is a disease which killed generations of families with no care for who it touched. Medicine has come a long way since those early days of the fifties.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Farewell to the east end 25 Nov 2009
This is truly a spellbinding book. Once you start it you cant put it down. The detail and stories are so grafically told you could almost be there. An excellent read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this Book! 11 Nov 2009
By Rachel
I have just finished reading this today, and I have loved reading it! I don't understand the person who gave just one star rating! This book, like the others was vastly interesting, amusing, sad, and 'eye-opening' in parts. A super read!! If you haven't read the 'Call the Midwife', then start there first. I really can't recommend these books enough!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Part of History 30 April 2009
I have already read the first two books (a must to read too) in this trilogy so it was great to find out what happened to all the characters in the end. I love Jennifers style of writing. Some of the subjects are very gritty but she writes about the people with dignity and caring.
I couldn't put any of the books down.....great reads all of them
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fond farewell to a fabulous author 29 Aug 2009
I've now read all three of Jennifer Worth's books about her time as a midwife in London's East End and I loved them. Worth is a brilliant author, straightforward, vivid and factual. "Farewell to the East End" was like slipping on a pair of comfy slippers or catching up with an old friend. The book has a familiar voice and is another collection of Cockney characters and experiences - some desperately sad, others full of hope. I simply loved this book and only wish there were another to read. I learned so much along the way - the ancient art of midwifery, the life of an industrial docks, the sobriety of monastic life and the community of the East End. It shows how far our society has developed and also what it has lost along the way. Above all it is a recent history of women and childbirth and the transforming power of expert midwives. From the ship's woman's to the harpy-like twins, who share a husband, this book is brilliant. It is full of character, vividly alive and packed with experiences which often made the difference between life and death. I read late into the night and the final page left me wanting more.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating history of the 20th century 22 Nov 2009
As much as the previous two books from Jennifer Worth I thoroughly enjoyed "Farewell to the East End". Jennifer Worth captivates exactly the mood of the time and paints accurate and endearing portraits of the plucky, long-suffering characters she met during her work as a nurse and midwife. She paints her characters with affection and empathy.

She's a born story-teller, and I found it hard to put all the three books down. I'm only sorry that her tale has come to an end with this third book.

Fascinating, and a real eye-opener as to what the poor in the East End of London had to endure. I learnt a lot.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars just as good as the others................... 2 Jun 2009
By kermit 333 VINE VOICE
Jennifer Worth has a rare gift for bringing her experiences to life as a midwife in the East End in the 1950s. I agree with the other reviewer that it's a shame that this is the last in the series..... ho hum - will just have to re-read them all. Fascinating stories and highly recommended - would give this 6 stars if I could!
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