I've now read all three of Jennifer Worth's books about her time as a midwife in London's East End and I loved them. Worth is a brilliant author, straightforward, vivid and factual. "Farewell to the East End" was like slipping on a pair of comfy slippers or catching up with an old friend. The book has a familiar voice and is another collection of Cockney characters and experiences - some desperately sad, others full of hope. I simply loved this book and only wish there were another to read. I learned so much along the way - the ancient art of midwifery, the life of an industrial docks, the sobriety of monastic life and the community of the East End. It shows how far our society has developed and also what it has lost along the way. Above all it is a recent history of women and childbirth and the transforming power of expert midwives. From the ship's woman's to the harpy-like twins, who share a husband, this book is brilliant. It is full of character, vividly alive and packed with experiences which often made the difference between life and death. I read late into the night and the final page left me wanting more.