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The Midwife Trilogy: Call the Midwife, Shadows of the Workhouse, Farewell to the East End [Paperback]

Jennifer Worth
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21 Jan 2010
This omnibus edition of Call the Midwife, Shadows of the Workhouse and Farewell to the East End chronicles Jennifer Worth's career as a midwife from start to finish, from her arrival in the war-scarred Docklands as a wide-eyed trainee, to the demolition of the tenements and subsequent closure of Nonnatus House. It provides a fascinating snapshot of social history, documenting the East End in the days when there was a real sense of community, when times were tough but there was plenty of good humour and neighbourly support to help the inhabitants through the harsh econonic climate. The book also enables readers to follow Jennifer's personal story, as she discovers the amazing resilience of a population still bearing the scars of war, and the vibrant community of nuns with whom she lives and who teach her the skills of midwifery. In stories that are funny, disturbing and moving in equal measure, we meet prostitutes and abortionists, bigamists and mischievous nuns, and see Jennifer earn the confidence of people whose lives are often stranger than fiction.


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  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (21 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297859641
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297859642
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 15.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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'Decades of social history in the East End of London are wonderfully evoked... powerful evocations of a lost world.' (CHOICE )

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The bestselling CALL THE MIDWIFE series, together in an omnibus edition for the first time.

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I purchased this trilogy last month, just received it and am truly amazed at not only the quality of Worths writing ability, but at what actually went on in the East End during her time spent working and observing there.

I'm only into the midwife book--quite a valuable eye opener for a male reader--and cannot wait to delve into the other two.

Great value, well packaged, a must have.

K.A SteadmanThe Bipolar Expeditionist
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful book 21 April 2010
Format:Paperback
this is one of the most beautiful books i have ever read and did not put it down for a week and like another reviewer has said, it was like losing a friend when i had finished it. just wonderful, and as a mother of 4 i found it amazing how women survived without a midwife!.. a gem of a book and i hope jennifer puts pen to paper again soon as i am a huge fan now. the only negative i could say is it would have been great to have photos of the area/people.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely amazing! 14 April 2010
Format:Paperback
Had been recommended by my reflexologist who was an ex midwife! OMG, it was so captivating the whole trilogy and when I finished it was like losing a friend! The squalor of the 1950s which was only 50 years ago is hard to imagine. My grandparents never had much but they were always clean but it's the usual if you haven't been there you really can't comment! Think a lot relates to how you were brought up! Some of the things which women had to endure is obscene. As usual there were some angels on earth!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant price and product 26 Mar 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Bargain, three fantastic books at a great price. Bought them for a present as Ive read them and think theyd make a brilliant gift.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally hooked 24 Mar 2010
By SarahO
Format:Paperback
I was totally hooked by this book. It gave a incredible glimpse into a bygone age and I didn't want it to finish (all 750 pages of it). Jennifer Worth is a wonderful story-teller and I loved her 'tell it how it was' style. I was fascinated by the all three sections of the book and that every one of her characters came to life. It has made me want to know more about the history of the East End.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read 23 Dec 2010
By Gill
Format:Paperback
This book was sitting on my bookshelf for a while but I've finally had a chance to read it. It's absolutely brilliant from start to finish. Totally absorbing so much so that I've read all of the three books in a matter of days, so entranced have I been. To think that in such a short time how this country has moved on, it's quite sad to see how people lived some 50+ years ago which no longer is part of the modern world in 2010, it's hard to believe it was a relatively short time ago. How having children out of wedlock was such a disgrace to families, but today is seen as quite normal. The stories of the East End are fascinating, you don't need to have an interest in midwifery because this book really gives an insight to peoples life and some of the workhouse stories bring a tear to your eye. If you are researching your family history it explains why there could well be considerable gaps in your history when you read how people could barely feed themselves let along a family and many ended up in the workhouse separated from their loved ones. I would really really recommend this Trilogy each one is fascinating and was so absorbing I can't believe that people's lives have changed so much in only 50 odd years, it seems like another world, we really should show these people some respect - in today's world we don't know what poor means!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Midwife Trilogy 25 July 2010
Format:Paperback
The Midwife Trilogy is without doubt one of the best books I've ever read. I was sceptically when I first received it as a gift, especially being a latter-day midwife. I thought it might be a boring read but I couldn't have been more wrong, it was an instant page turner. A fascinating read of social history of the East End in the 1950's seen through the eyes of a student midwife and the perceptions of all the interesting people she meets in her practice. Full of larger than life characters. It has the ability to make you howl with laughter, weep and contemplate. Utterly brilliant.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Midwife Trilogy 16 Mar 2010
Format:Paperback
This was a really interesting and very well written account of life in the East End in the 50's, whilst it was very sad in parts it also had humour. This was a really good read and I would highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a great read giving lots of insight to the tv series
Published 17 days ago by cleopatra
5.0 out of 5 stars Delivery was excellent arriving within 3 days
Still reading it but enjoying every page. Delivery was excellent arriving within 3 days.
Published 24 days ago by Bookworm
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Published 1 month ago by P. Knowles
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
brought as a present, went down well
Published 2 months ago by Liz Guest
4.0 out of 5 stars TV adaptation was faithful, this give more detail
Only read the first two so far. Call the Midwife is very good. Well written and thought provoking. Lots of easily accessible details of a life so far different to our own it's hard... Read more
Published 2 months ago by married with children
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection
Bought these for my mum for mothers day and she couldn't put them down really enjoyed reading them highly recommended
Published 3 months ago by mrs k e mcgovern
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good read
We cannot imagine what life was like in those times if a disaster happened to a family. Fortunately I was born just at the end of this era and when you read the awful life that... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Fragrant Fran
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Wonderful books even better than the TV, will read them again. Great writing. What else can I say I have run out of things to say
Published 4 months ago by Mrs Anna Eastes
5.0 out of 5 stars well received!
Mothers Day present was well received - looking forward to reading them too! great bargain - here's to the next one.
Published 5 months ago by susiec
5.0 out of 5 stars Set of books
They are exactly what it says on the cover...I've yet to begin these books, but know I will enjoy them
Published 5 months ago by Wendy
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