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5.0 out of 5 stars Just SO wonderful., 2 Mar. 2014
This review is from: The Complete Call the Midwife Stories: True Stories of the East End in the 1950s (Kindle Edition)
I bought this quite a while ago, before it became famous on TV. It was on special offer, 3-books-in-1 in an erstwhile book club magazine. I like medical books and it sounded really interesting. It was so wonderful. It is the true story of Jennifer Worth who was a midwife in the East End in the 1950's. There are many aspects to the story-not just having babies-Jennifer also acts as a district nurse some of the time and meets many people and tells some of their heart-breaking stories in the book. In the second book of the trilogy, she tells Frank and Peggy's story. Frank was a handyman at the Nonnatus House and Peggy was his sister and they were workhouse children. So traumatic and heart-wrenching. I have watched some of the TV series and it does translate well to that medium but the book has so much more. Having said that, reading about the character 'Chummy'- Miranda Hart IS such a wonderful choice, she could BE HER! Apparently, Jennifer Worth chose Miranda Hart to be Chummy because she thought she fitted the character so well. She was right. Sadly, Jennifer died of Cancer shortly before the first TV series aired but what a wonderful memory she has left in this book. So many books 'get me' emotionally but none have quite so powerfully as this one. It is a read which will stay with me for many a year to come.
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