Call The Midwife: A True Story Of The East End In The 1950s Paperback – 6 Mar 2008
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Worth's books are full of fascinating social history: about living conditions in east London, the scale of poverty and violence, the realities of postwar medicine and the workhouse (NEW STATESMAN)
A fascinating slice of social history - Jennifer Worth's tales of being a midwife in 1950s London, now a major BBC TV series.See all Product Description
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She presents lives of abject poverty, destitution and slum living, combined with the fact that most women did not have one or two children, but five, ten, fifteen - and in one case twenty four! As the book progresses we meet so many different characters and learn their haunting stories. The tale of Mary, the 14 year old Irish girl, abused by her stepfather and neglected by her alcoholic mother, who naively ran away to London in hope of a better life, and was forced into prostitution and later separated by force from her baby. This left me in tears, weeping for this poor girl who never stood a chance. The story of the elderly Mrs Jenkins, who the author found so repulsive until she learned of her truely harrowing experiences in the workhouse. The tale of an elderly man called Ted, who realised that the child his wife bore him could not possibly be his, but as he held the baby in his arms decided to love him as his own anyway. The tale of Conchita and Len, and their happy, cheerful home with twenty-four children! And how her maternal instinct saved the life of her premature twenty-fifth baby.
This book provides the reader with an insight into life in the 1950s East End. I studied social history as part of my first degree, and this should be a compulsary text. This book explains with great clarity the extreme level of poverty without hope of relief that was the lot for many in those days. But there were also many wonderful things about the time. People lived their front doors unlocked, had families just around the corner for support and so on.
I could go on and on about this book, but perhaps I should just say, read it and discover its value for yourself.
Incidentally, I trained medical students: are they really no longer trained in this way?
May I add my plea to Jennifer Worth to complete her trilogy; the only improvement on her first book would be two more of the same.
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Author: Jennifer Worth
Title: Call The Midwife
Genre: History, Cultural History, London, Biography, Historical, Social & Urban History, nonfiction, autobiography, memoir,... Read more
Having loved the series on BBC1 I expected to love the book too. I did enjoy it, but don't expect the books to be as gentle as the TV series. Read morePublished 2 months ago by PBrown
Having already watched the tv series I wanted to try out the book
I was surprised by the number of stories in the book not featured in the show
After watching the Call the midwife TV series someone told me about the book. I have got to say it is a brilliant read I have struggled to put it down!Published 3 months ago by JenShem