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Call The Midwife: A True Story Of The East End In The 1950s Paperback – 5 Jan 2012
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Re-released to tie in with a new BBC adaptation, you must read this superbly moving but also witty story. (CLOSER)
This is a funny, at times disturbing, memoir of a world that has now changed beyond measure. (HUDDERSFIELD DAILY EXAMINER)
A poignant, funny and enlightening book (Charlotte Vowden DAILY EXPRESS)
If you loved the TV adaptation, why not read the original books of Jennifer Worth's stories of being a midwife in London in the '50s? The characters you will meet, both colleagues and patients, stay with you for a long time (WOMAN)
Tie-in edition of 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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The writing is simply stunning both as narrative and social history...it took a week out of my life because I was so drawn to read everything she wrote. I don't think her writing is condescending, as others have suggested, just that her previous life, as most of ours, had not prepared her for the depths of poverty, abuse and filth in which many of her clients gave birth: even her training had not prepared her for that. I think her wring is keenly observed, Flows well and moves well between her life as a new midwife and the sometime lengthy back stories of the people she meets.
The TV programme, whilst excellent, was forced to reduce the complicated lives and stories to their simplest form: the books give you the whole stories and I became totally caught up in lives so different from my own, yet so tragic they made me cry.
These books will stand , not just as a personal memoir of a career as a midwife, but as a very valuable social history of a time airbrushed out of London history , buried under the glamour of Docklands flats and the money and power in Canary wharf. We need to remember these lives, so lovingly presented by Jennifer Worth as only 50 odd years ago, and at a time when much of Britain " had never had it so good" and on the cusp of the Swinging 60s : nb the books are set at the very end of the 50s, but from the poverty and despair could've been in the 20s or 30s.
If you treat yourself to anything buy the three books in the set. You won't be disappointed.