Shadows Of The Workhouse : The Drama Of Life In Postwar London
by Jennifer Worth
Editor: Orion Publishing Co
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A fascinating slice from East to End of Life, from the #1 bestsellilng author of The Midwife’s Call, soon to be an important BBC TV series.In this follow-up to CALL THE Midwife, Jennifer Worth, a midwife working in East London’s Dock District, in the 1950s tells more stories about the people she met.There is Jane, who cleaned up and generally helped at Nonnatus House – she was taken to the workhouse as a baby and would have been the illegitimate daughter of an aristocratPeggy and Frank’s parents died within 6 months and the children were left in poverty.At the time, there was no other option for them, but the workhouse.The Reverend Thornton-Appleby-Thorton, a missionary from Africa, visits of the religious Nonnatus and Sister Julienne acts as a matchmaker.And his sister Monica Joan, the eccentric ninety year old nun Monica Joan, is accused of shoplifting a few small items from the local market.She’s fired with a warning, but then Jennifer finds the Hatton Garden jewelry stolen from the room’s nun.These stories provide a fascinating glimpse of the resilience and spirit that has allowed ordinary people to overcome their difficulties.
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