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1.0 out of 5 stars Jumping on the bandwagon, and poorly written, 5 July 2012
This review is from: Bread, Jam and a Borrowed Pram: A Nurse's Story From the Streets (Paperback)
If you loved 'Call the Midwife' you will be so disappointed with this.By the time I got to page 6 I was ready to throw this across the room.
I would guess it was rushed out to ride on the coat-tails of 'Call the Midwife'. So rushed, that Orion forgot to edit it ?
For example,'Religious doctrine' is left uncorrected as 'Religious doctoring' and 'hold my own counsel' is left as 'hold my own council'.
Later, the author describes Catholicism and Methodism as two different religions. The author may not be a natural writer, but surely the editing team should have corrected this to two different denominations?
Those examples of the poor writing would be acceptable if the whole work was interesting and informative, and we got to know the characters as real people. There is none of the love of humanity and humour that we got in 'Call the midwife'. That we do not is due again to poor writing and editing. Too many times we read exactly was was said during a phone call, and pages 52 and 53 are entirely taken up with one phone call when the author does not even get to speak to the person she called, nor does telling us all the detail of the call move the story forward at all.
I found a lot of the stories she tells to be less than believable. This is an era ten years after the NHS started. Yet, faced with even life threatening situations the author does not call for help. On finding a baby who has lost his skin from urine burns, so badly she says he will be scarred for life, she fails to call for either a doctor or an ambulance. Nor does she when faced with a small child with dysentery. None of the people she writes about seem to have any contact with doctors, clinics, district nurses, or even teachers and the clergy. I was born in South London in 1952 and all these people were around and very visible and pro-active. I lived in a house (shared) with no indoor sanitation or heating and little money, but my mother and her neighbours all made good use of local health clinics etc, if only for the orange juice and National Dried Milk. I can't believe they were less able to help themselves in Birmingham!
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