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Letters to the Midwife: Correspondence with Jennifer Worth, the Author of Call the Midwife [Hardcover]

Jennifer Worth
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13 Feb 2014

When the CALL THE MIDWIFE books became bestsellers, Jennifer Worth was inundated with correspondence. People felt moved to write to her because the books had touched them, and because they wanted to share memories of the world her books described, the East End of London in the late 1940s and early 1950s.

LETTERS TO THE MIDWIFE is a collection of the correspondence she received offering a fascinating glimpse into a long-lost world.

Along with readers' responses and personal histories, it is filled with heartwarming gems such as letters and drawings sent by one of the nuns featured in Call the Midwife and a curious list of the things Jennifer would need to become a missionary. There are stories from other midwives, lorry drivers, even a seamstress, all with tales to tell.

Containing previously unpublished material describing her time spent in Paris, and some journal entries, this is also a portrait of Jennifer herself, complete with a moving introduction by her family about the Jennifer Worth they knew and loved.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: W&N (13 Feb 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297869086
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297869085
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 2.3 x 22.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 176,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fans of the four Call the Midwife books that inspired the TV series will treasure this collection of letters to and from the author, Jennifer Worth, who passed away in 2011. Her tales of life in 1950s East End London inspired others to share their experiences of nursing at the time, along with responses from people from all walks of life. Perhaps most moving are the notes from Sister Jocelyn (known as Sister Julienne in the books), offering words of wisdom. (WOMAN)

Jennifer Worth, author of the bestselling Call the Midwife, sadly passed away in May 2011 following a short illness. Her books have gained a great deal of popularity in recent years with their mixture of warmth, sadness and humour based on her experiences working as a midwife in the East End of London. Letters to the Midwife features some of the treasured letters received by Worth from former work colleagues and fans of her books. The resulting book is a rich testament to a life lived fully and to a very special lady whose memories have managed to inspire and touch so many (www.thebookbag.co.uk)

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Jennifer Worth's bestselling books inspired a deluge of letters as readers shared their own stories. Also includes previously unpublished photos and journal entries by Jennifer, along with a foreword by Miranda Hart and an introduction by the family.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Social History 2 Mar 2014
I really don't watch a great deal of television drama. I work strange hours in my job as a Community Development Worker, often having evening meetings that finish quite late and I never seem to be at home on the same evening each week. However, I watched the first episode of Call The Midwife and was hooked. I have no idea why, I'm not a mother, I've never been interested in nursing, or in being a nun! There's just something about the programme that entrances me for the full hour that it is on.

When Letters to the Midwife popped through the letterbox, I was intrigued by it, and started to read straight away, and could hardly put it down. The book is introduced by Jennifer Worth's family; her husband Philip and her two daughters and Miranda Hart has written the foreward.

This book is a real piece of social history, with stories from people who would probably never have been able to tell them so widely if it were not for Jennifer Worth. So many people wrote to her after she wrote her books; people who recognised the places that she described and the people that she worked with. Some people even recognised Jennifer herself. It is clear from the amount of correspondence she received, and the fact that she took the time to answer the letters, and that she kept them all, that Jennifer Worth was a lady of compassion and depth, and was much loved by all who came into contact with her.

This is a fascinating look at Jennifer Worth's 'other' side too - the time she spent in Paris in the 1950s is especially interesting.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An insight into a wonderful life 23 Feb 2014
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Jennifer Worth didn't leave a minute of her life to waste away, she had a clear understanding of many things and used this to give help hope and joy to many people. Her memories made other people who had done midwifery about the same time as she did recall their own memories and feel glad that they had done so
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So moving 17 Feb 2014
By susie
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Having enjoyed all Jennifer Worth's books this was a book i just had to read. It was so moving. I could not put it down. Jennifer obviously enjoyed receiving the letters from her readers and it was wonderful that so many people took time to correspond with her. She was a caring person and i feel all medical trainees should read her books as part of their courses. Times might have been hard and living standards poor but the level of care delivered to her patients were far better than some people receive today.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Letters to the Midwife 10 Mar 2014
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Very interesting and very moving reading the correspondece to Jennifer and the replies, wish I'd thought to write to her not to have my letter in a book, but as an ex nurse and midwife brought many memories back to me.
Her family have done very well in compiling this book and I highly recommend it to others, found it difficult to put down.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read 1 Mar 2014
By ailaine
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Even more enjoyable when a mutual friend's letter to Jennifer Worth has been published in the book. Very proud of her.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing lady 4 April 2014
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I have read nearly all Jennifer's books and watched every episode on the TV.
She was such an amazing lady who was determined to do good for others. Her books were so well written, what talent. I read all the letters and found a lot of them very emotional, which gave in insight to the hardship people had to endure.
Upsetting to think she was taken too soon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exchange of thoughts between Author & Readers 25 Mar 2014
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Yet another precious look into the Eastend of post war London. I found it very touching that people had felt moved to write to Jenny, particularly Nurses & midwives who had many similar experiences to share with her. This collection of letters, plus information taken from Jenny's own diary, make this a very interesting & informative book. Jenny always took the time to reply & even meet or speak to the people who contacted her. (Making the Call The Midwife books into a TV series was inspirational.) This book also gives an insight into Jenny before she went to the convent . She was an extremely talented & in dependant lady, who will be missed by many.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read 19 Mar 2014
By imac
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Excellent read. Love the book and love the era it is set it. And learning about years before us is highly interesting
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
As good as all her books/TV series.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs Pamela Beard
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I very much enjoyed reading this book and learning about other peoples experiences
Published 2 months ago by wp
5.0 out of 5 stars Letters to the midwife
Great read. Good price.
Published 2 months ago by anne turvey
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good , pleased
very pleased, thankyou
Published 2 months ago by michelle parkins
5.0 out of 5 stars letters to the midwife
anther wonderful insight into the past world of midwifery.
lots of memories of my own experience of childbirth and also my own midwifery experience later in life. Read more
Published 2 months ago by P M McMahon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A fitting finale to the series.
Published 3 months ago by Mrs Cath Isaaks
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping book
Very enjoyable
Published 3 months ago by Elizabeth M Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars Letters to the Midwife
I gave this 5 stars as it was so well put together. It was so interesting to have other experiences from other people and the admiration for the trilogy written by Jennifer Worth. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Carol Carter
4.0 out of 5 stars Book of letters
Quite enjoying this book. It is a book that you can easily pick up and put down at will. I am reading this between other reads
Published 5 months ago by JILL
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read
I would recommend this to all those who have enjoyed reading Jennifer's books. It is extremely interesting to read about her background of experiences.
Published 5 months ago by Elizabeth Cook
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