Shadows of the Workhouse
The Drama of Life in Postwar London
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|Format:||Paperback, 304 pages|
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|Published In: ||United Kingdom, 22 January 2009|
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 6 months of each other 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 ninety-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.
About the Author
Jennifer Worth was a nurse, midwife, ward sister and night sister from 1953 until 1973, working mainly in London. Her first passion was - and still is - music, and she is a Fellow of the London College of Music. She taught piano and singing for about twenty-five years and still sings in choirs all over England and Europe. She has been married for forty-five years and has two daughters and three grandchildren.
Jennifer Worth's CALL THE MIDWIFE was a Sunday Times No.1 bestseller. It has reprinted ten times so far in paperback. SHADOWS OF THE WORKHOUSE is full of incredible stories about people struggling in the face of tremendous poverty and deprivation. Jennifer is a natural born storyteller and is full of opinions about the loss of our communities. CALL THE MIDWIFE received terrific reviews: 'Worth is indeed a natural storyteller and her detailed account of being a midwife in London's East End is gripping, moving and convincing from beginning to end ... CALL THE MIDWIFE is a powerful evocation of a long-gone world - and in Worth it has surely found one of its best chroniclers' Literary Review. 'Worth's portrait is subtle, skilfully describing a sense of community that no longer exists' Financial Times.
Be warned, it's a real tear-jerker - but it also makes you very grateful for the life we have today. Woman 20120227
|Publisher: ||Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )|
|Dimensions: ||19.0 x 12.0 x 2.0 centimeters (0.30 kg)|