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The Complete Call the Midwife Stories: True Stories of the East End in the 1950s [Paperback]

Jennifer Worth
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8 Nov 2012

London's East End in the 1950s was a tough place: the struggles of post-war life - bombsites, overcrowded tenements, crime, brothels - bred a culture of tight-knit family communities, larger-than-life characters and a lively social scene. It was into this world that Jennifer Worth entered as a trainee midwife. But docklands life was tough, and babies were often born in slum conditions.

In funny, disturbing and heartbreaking stories, Jennifer Worth recounts her time among nuns, prostitutes, abortionists, bigamists, gangsters and expectant mothers, portraying East Enders' amazing resilience - and their warmth and humour in the face of hardship. Written with affection and nostalgia, her midwife stories chronicle the lives, traditions and tales of a bygone era.



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  • Paperback: 1008 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix (8 Nov 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1780224923
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780224923
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 13.4 x 7.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

The East-End stories that inspired the BBC TV series, CALL THE MIDWIFE, in a gorgeous gift box.

About the Author

Jennifer Worth trained as a nurse at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading and was later ward sister at the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital in London, then the Marie Curie Hospital, also 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. Jennifer died in May 2011 after a short illness, leaving her husband Philip, two daughters and three grandchildren. Her books have all been bestsellers.


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172 of 174 people found the following review helpful
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So many reviews of the books have been left for the individual kindle books, the books being Call The Midwife, Farewell to the Eastend and Shadows of the Workhouse that I don't need to say more, however I did find the page for this book inconclusive, I had to download a sample to find out which books were available, hopefully by listing the books this review will help other potential buyers.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, harrowing and hope-filled 8 Dec 2012
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These autobiographical novels give an accurate picture of life in the East End of London in the postwar years. The people were poor but cheerful, and if the convent-hospital had not moved into the area, many mothers would have died in childbirth. The story, told with great humour, of the young midwives, the shocks they experienced and the hope with which they overcame them, made a hugely succesful series on television. Inevitably, TV is a bit superficial, and the books go much deeper. To anyone who has been present at a birth, the graphic descriptions of the risky process will fill us with gratitude for what our mothers went through that we might live. Those who have given birth themselves will be reminded of something they had long ago forgotten, as the Gospel puts it, 'for joy because a new person has come into the world.' Anyone else may find the obstetric passages gruelling, but keep going, you will be a better person when you finish. And you wil;l have had many laughs while you were reading it. The quiet spirituality of the nuns underlies it all, and the books acknowledge, what the TV producers seem to have forgotten, that they were Church of England; many people don't realise that Anglican nuns exist.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Like 1 Feb 2013
By l7pob
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Love this down load three books in one found them easy to read and never wanted to put them down,
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 4 Feb 2013
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This is an excellent series of books detailing life in the East End of London in the mid-1950s. Although based on true events I suspect that some have been slightly fictionalised, but the book is none the worse for that. The book brings home what life was like for thousands of people in the East End, after the war and before large-scale rebuilding had taken place - I had not understood how appalling the conditions were for so many people, but after thinking about it realised that the mid-1950s are nearer to Victorian times than they are to us in 2012! The books tell of Jenny, a midwife working with nuns to provide maternity services to the local community and some of the events which occurred. Thoroughly recommended
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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The books are well written and give a detailed and startling insight into life in the East End of London in the 1950s. I enjoyed the first book very much but frankly found the other two very repetitive, with only a little new material - many of the stories are repeated sometimes from a different angle. The writings certainly made me realise how lucky we are in the early 21st century and how much our standard of lving has increased in my lifetime.
I would recommend buying the first book but give the other two a miss - unless you have a very detailed interest in this period of social history.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Emotional Stories 15 Mar 2013
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I watched the "Call The Midwife" series on Sunday evenings and thoroughly enjoyed them. The e-books go deeper into the memoires of Jennifer Worth and I have thoroughly enjoyed them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling 22 Mar 2013
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I could not put the book down, it stirred the emotions and painted a true picture of suffering and strength.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 6 Mar 2014
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These books were recommended by a friend who had read years ago & like I am enjoying the TV series. I'm on the first book and I'm totally hooked, the author describes her life in such detail, plus having watched the TV series they have got some of the characters spot on.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Bit disappionted
The first book was exciting, well written and TV series was true to book so remembered lots of the stories. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Janice Moore
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but different to TV series
Most of my childhood overlapped the time of the setting for these accounts. But there are a lot of times when I found myself saying 'where did the TV series get this from' or 'that... Read more
Published 4 days ago by chasingclouds
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully written
Fantastic book couldn't put it down read this after watching call the midwife on TV Will read more Jennifer worth books
Published 4 days ago by Ms. Carol Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful publication
bought this book as I so enjoyed call the midwife on television the book is every bit as good and so much better cant put it down
Published 9 days ago by Eileen Lewins
4.0 out of 5 stars A heart warming read.
It has been enjoyable reading the stories of the women and their families that have featured in the TV series.
Published 10 days ago by Basil54
1.0 out of 5 stars Problem with Kindle Trilogy
The book will be lovely I'm sure - but the trilogy has downloaded in the wrong order - Book 1, Book 3 Book 2. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Brian Bowen
5.0 out of 5 stars The complete call the midwife stories
These are an excellent read. I grew up in the fifties era so these brought back many memories of my childhood.
Published 22 days ago by Anita Fitter
4.0 out of 5 stars Kindle puts the books in the wrong order
Great books but make sure you read them in the right order. Read Call the Midwife then Sahdows of the Workhouse and then Farewell to the East End. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Millie
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like the tv series you'll love the book!
The book expands on the stories and personalities of the Midwives and Nuns and gives more information on the historical context of the period. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Adrian Emming
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful insight into Cockney history
Having enjoyed the TV series I thought I should read the books. Three books are included in this set - Call the midwife, farewell to the east end & shadows of the workhouse. Read more
Published 29 days ago by BrownOwl
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