The inspiration for the second series of the BBC's phenomenally popular Call the Midwife, starring Miranda Hart. In this follow-up to Call the Midwife, Jennifer Worth, a midwife working in the docklands area of East London in the 1950s, tells more stories about the people she encountered.
There's Jane, who cleaned and generally helped out at Nonnatus House - she was taken to the workhouse as a baby and was allegedly the illegitimate daughter of an aristocrat.
Peggy and Frank's parents both died within six months of one another, and the children were left destitute. At the time there was no other option for them but the workhouse.
The Reverend Thornton-Appleby-Thorton, a missionary in Africa, visits the Nonnatus nuns, and Sister Julienne acts as matchmaker. And Sister Monica Joan, the eccentric 90-year-old nun, is accused of shoplifting some small items from the local market. She is let off with a warning, but then Jennifer finds stolen jewels from Hatton Garden in the nun's room. These stories give a fascinating insight into the resilience and spirit that enabled ordinary people to overcome their difficulties.
©2008 Jennifer Worth (P)2008 Orion Publishing Group
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great history of the workhouses I had no idea of their history prior to listening to this. highly recommended for anyone interested in history or human development through the agas.
Excellent book, well worth listening too. The narrator was very good and the stories were heartbreaking, but gripping. Jennifer Worth is wonderful woman with the gift of writing.
"Had me hooked from the start. Absolutely wonderful"
Great narration, wonderful writing and excellent book :)
This was my first non self help book I've listened to and I wasn't disappointed, I can't wait to listen to more Jennifer Worth books :)
After reading call the midwife I continued straight onto this book. The narration was extremely easy to listen to due to the soft paced manner it was read in. Description of the people and places again took you into the book as if standing there yourself.
True accounts of the horrific lives of children in a workhouse to an elderly man ending up in the workhouse building many years later when converted into to an 'old peoples home' are simpy heart breakIng and I honestly had many tears whilst listenIng to this book.
Very much recommend but with the advanced warning to have tissues close by.
"marvellous story. Jennifer was a true genius."
wonderful narration. fantastic story. could listen over and over again. Thank you Jennifer. rest in piece.
Brilliant read from start to finish!
Recommend it too everyone can't wait to read the next book!
"everyone should read Jenny Worths books!"
Couldn't put it down. Brilliant memories of hardship suffered by ordinary people. very touching & poignant!
"dog walker sussex"
A truly memorable book, superbly read. Having grown up in an orphanage myself, it brought back memories which had me in tears. You'll need a box of tissues handy, but it's the most moving book I've had the privilege of listening to.
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