Call the Midwife: Shadows of the Workhouse
by Jennifer Worth
Editor: Ecco Press
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The sequel to Jennifer Worth’s best-selling New York Times memoir and the basis of the PBS series Calling the Midwife During the twenty-two years, Jennifer Worth, from a comfortable middle class education, and went to work as a midwife in the largest postwar section in London, she not only gave birth to hundreds of babies and touched many lives, she also became the most vivid neighborhood chroniclerWoven in the course of the tales of his life in the East End are the true stories of people of a Value met and who grew up in the formidable workhouse, a Dickensian institution that limped in the mid-twentieth centuryOrphans brother and sister Peggy and Frank lived in the workhouse until Frank free and returned to save his sisterSparkling Jane spirit was broken by the cruelty of the master workhouse until she found kindness and romance years later at Nonnatus HouseMCollett, a veteran of the Boer War, lost his family in both world wars and death in asylumsIf these are unimaginable stories of hardship, what shines for all is the resilience of the human spirit and the strength, courage and humour of people determined to build a future for themselves against the odds.This is evident in the literary works of fiction, both warm coming-of-age story and a surprising look at people’s lives, in the poorest part of post-war London
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