Call the Midwife: Shadows of the Workhouse

Call the Midwife Shadows of the Workhouse The sequel to Jennifer Worth s New York Times bestselling memoir and the basis for the PBS series Call the MidwifeWhen twenty two year old Jennifer Worth from a comfortable middle class upbringing w

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  • The sequel to Jennifer Worth s New York Times bestselling memoir and the basis for the PBS series Call the MidwifeWhen twenty two year old Jennifer Worth, from a comfortable middle class upbringing, went to work as a midwife in the direst section of postwar London, she not only delivered hundreds of babies and touched many lives, she also became the neighborhood s most vivThe sequel to Jennifer Worth s New York Times bestselling memoir and the basis for the PBS series Call the MidwifeWhen twenty two year old Jennifer Worth, from a comfortable middle class upbringing, went to work as a midwife in the direst section of postwar London, she not only delivered hundreds of babies and touched many lives, she also became the neighborhood s most vivid chronicler Woven into the ongoing tales of her life in the East End are the true stories of the people Worth met who grew up in the dreaded workhouse, a Dickensian institution that limped on into the middle of the twentieth century.Orphaned brother and sister Peggy and Frank lived in the workhouse until Frank got free and returned to rescue his sister Bubbly Jane s spirit was broken by the cruelty of the workhouse master until she found kindness and romance years later at Nonnatus House Mr Collett, a Boer War veteran, lost his family in the two world wars and died in the workhouse.Though these are stories of unimaginable hardship, what shines through each is the resilience of the human spirit and the strength, courage, and humor of people determined to build a future for themselves against the odds This is an enduring work of literary nonfiction, at once a warmhearted coming of age story and a startling look at people s lives in the poorest section of postwar London.

    Call the Midwife PBS Call the Midwife follows the nurses, midwives and nuns from Nonnatus House, who visit the expectant mothers of Poplar, providing the poorest women with the best possible care. Call the Midwife TV Series The acting is, without exception, top notch, especially that of Judy Parfitt as Sister Monica Joan I tend to be especially critical of shows that rely on lachrymose sentimentality to further the story Call the Midwife is at times tender, sweet tempered and, well, nice, but never false as it displays the panorama of the human condition. Call the Midwife Call the Midwife is a BBC period drama series about a group of nurse midwives working in the East End of London in the late s and early s It stars Jessica Raine, Miranda Hart, Who stars in Call the Midwife BBC series full cast and day agoCall the Midwife is back on our screens, and Trixie is back at Nonnatus House, reuniting with Val, Lucille, Phyllis and all our familiar favourites Who is Nurse Trixie Franklin Trixie is a much Call the Midwife Season , Episode GIF Recap The final episode of Call the Midwife Season draws near and oh, how it has been a journey If you re still reeling over the sudden death of Jeannie Tennant or you re on edge after all of Sister Monica Joan s health scares someone please keep her in a protective bubble for us , grab your support buddy for this one because Episode will wreck you. Call the Midwife Season , Episode Recapn THIRTEEN day agoCall the Midwife stunned us with an unexpected reveal in Episode , and we can only imagine it will push the season to a cliffhanger in next week s finale If you haven t seen the episode Episode Season Episode Call the Midwife PBS Call the Midwife Episode Season Episode m s Learn why Mother Mildred decides it s time for Sister Frances to attend her first solo birth Trixie consoles a patient who discovers she has gonorrhea Sister Monica Joan follows Great Britain s Olympic hopes. Call the Midwife Recap Season , Episode Telly Visions May , This week on Call the Midwife, the Mother House sends back up for an ailing Nurse Crane, a Poplar family faces serious illness due to dangerous work conditions and a teenage mother fights to keep her baby.But before we charge ahead, if you need a refresher of episode five s events you can find that here. There s a lot to cover so let s begin with the follow up to last week s date between Call the Midwife Netflix Call the Midwife TV Seasons British TV Dramas This period drama set in impoverished East London in the s follows a newly qualified midwife and her colleagues at a nursing convent. List of Call the Midwife episodes Call the Midwife is a British period drama television series based on the best selling memoirs of former nurse Jennifer Worth, who died shortly before the first episode was broadcast It is set in the late s and early s and for the first three series centred primarily on Jenny Lee Jessica Raine , who, in the first episode, begins a new job as a midwife at a nursing convent in the

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      Worth, born Jennifer Lee while her parents were on holiday in Clacton on Sea, Essex, was raised in Amersham, Buckinghamshire After leaving school at the age of 14, she learned shorthand and typing and became the secretary to the head of Dr Challoner s Grammar School She then trained as a nurse at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, and moved to London to receive training to become a midwife.Lee was hired as a staff nurse at the London Hospital in Whitechapel in the early 1950s With the Sisters of St John the Divine, an Anglican community of nuns, she worked to aid the poor She was then a ward sister at the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital in Bloomsbury, and later at the Marie Curie Hospital in Hampstead.She married the artist Philip Worth in 1963, and they had two daughters.Worth retired from nursing in 1973 to pursue her musical interests In 1974, she received a licentiate of the London College of Music, where she taught piano and singing She obtained a fellowship in 1984 She performed as a soloist and with choirs throughout Britain and Europe She later began writing, and her first volume of memoirs, Call the Midwife , was published in 2002 The book became a bestseller when it was reissued in 2007 Shadows of the Workhouse 2005 reissued 2008 and Farewell to the East End 2009 also became bestsellers The trilogy sold almost a million copies in the UK alone In a fourth volume of memoirs In the Midst of Life , published in 2010, Worth reflects on her later experiences caring for the terminally ill.Worth was highly critical of Mike Leigh s 2004 film Vera Drake, for depicting the consequences of illegal abortions unrealistically She argued that the method shown in the movie, far from being fairly quick and painless, was in fact almost invariably fatal to the mother.Worth died on 31 May 2011, having been diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus earlier in the year.A television series, Call the Midwife, based on her books, began broadcasting on BBC One on 15 January 2012.



    540 thoughts on “Call the Midwife: Shadows of the Workhouse

    • This is a charming book. It is the memories of a woman who was a young midwife in the 50s in the post-war, poverty-stricken East End of London where little had moved on since Edwardian and even Victorian times. She worked and lived in a convent of nursing nuns and writes both of her patients in the community and their colourful, if difficult lives, and the nuns she lives with. Generally speaking, memoirs of the religious life show nuns in a somewhat dour, if respectful, light. Jennifer Worth rat [...]


    • I could kick myself for not having written a review for the first book in Worth’s trilogy (Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times), about her life as an East End London midwife in the 1950s. I guess I could technically write one now, but my memory is so shoddy, and I don’t even have my highlighted and flagged hard copy to reference. What I can tell you about the first book is that I bawled!This book didn’t make me bawl, but it was an amazing sociological read, and the tea [...]


    • I thoroughly enjoyed "Call the Midwife" and started this follow up to it with great expectations. The problem was I'd also seen the BBC mini-series based on these books and found too much of the book familiar. But that's not the author's fault, except that her prose this time just didn't seem to grab me as it did in the first book. While I read her first book in a day or so, it took me weeks to get around to finishing this one. And as another reviewer pointed out, this one just didn't feel as tr [...]


    • I included this book on my British Charm shelf, even though some of the stories were not charming at all -- they were gut-wrenching.Jennifer Worth was a midwife in London's East End in the 1950s. This is the second book in her "Call the Midwife" series, and while the first one focused on stories of pregnant mothers, this one had hardly any childbirth scenes and instead revolved around the memories of those who spent time or grew up in the workhouses. I had heard of London's workhouses, but had n [...]


    • SpoilersThis wasn't quite good as Call the Midwife… I still really liked it but it was missing some of the charm and honesty of the first book. The last section (Mr Collett's) though was absolutely wonderful in a deeply depressing sort of way.-The first book read more like a memoir whereas this one at times read like a fiction book, especially Jane/Frank/Peggy's part. Even though their story was true, I wasn't convinced by Jenny writing from their perspective as if she herself had lived throug [...]


    • Early last year (2016), I discovered the first book in 'The Midwife Trilogy' called 'The Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy and Hard Times' written by Jennifer Worth. Now that I have finished listening to the audiobook of the second book in this trilogy, I very much regret that I did not take the time to write a review of the first book in the series. This trilogy, a memoir of sorts, describes Jennifer Worth's experiences as a midwife in London's East End in the 1950s. The first book in the series [...]


    • A deeply eye-opening and very emotionally moving book. Laid out in three parts, this volume essentially contains six true stories: Jane’s life at Nonnatus Convent; the upbringing in the workhouse of Jane, Frank and Peggy; the deaths of Frank and Peggy; the marriage of the Revd. Mr Applebee-Thornton; the court trial of Sister Monica Joan; and the life and death of the old soldier, Mr Joseph Collett. The third, fifth, and sixth of those are covered in the first series (2012) of the BBC televisio [...]


    • Television dramas cannot compare with the suffering and terrible grief occurring in the East End of London for close to two hundred years. Programs like Downton Abbey and Mr. Selfridge disguise but only allude to real conditions of ordinary working class people. Ms. Worth tells the actual story of East London Cockneys: horrific, dark, sadistic workhouses where the poor were imprisoned and made to do forced labor, not to mention the all-consuming later grief of survivors from WWII Nazi bombing. T [...]


    • Jennifer Worth worked as a midwife and nurse with an order of nuns in the 1950s. I loved her previous book, The Midwife. In this book, she revisits the setting and many of the same people. It is not all about the workhouse, as I expected from the title, but about the times and culture in which the workhouse existed up into the 1950s. It tells the stories of several people whom the author met while doing her work: Three people who spent their childhoods in the workhouse and were close to each oth [...]


    • This sequel to Call The Midwife was just as fascinating and touching as the 1st book.I highly recommend these books to all history lovers.


    • I love this author - she writes so redemptively. The author chronicles a lot of sadness of the poor in this book and it will take a few days for some of it to sink in, and parts of the book really affected me emotionally. Interestingly my own mother-in-law, who died in 1997 aged 82, was petrified of going into hospital because she associated with the Workhouse. Eventually she did go into hospital, but she was so terrified and distraught - even though the hospital was very nice - that in the end [...]


    • This is the weakest of the three books written by Jennifer Worth about her experiences in the East End. I read the other two first. The stories she tells are interesting and sobering in light of the cruel and ignorant statements I see today about those who, for a variety of reasons, cannot make the transition to the economy of the 21st century. The harshness of the work house seems only a step away today. I think we are still dealing with the dislocation of lifestyle and vocation that began in t [...]


    • Really liked this book as it goes into more detail on things that happen in the BBC series which is my TV show of all time. Do have to agree with some of the others in that it wasn't as good as her first in this series.


    • Not quite as gripping as the first book in the series, but still an excellent read.The first section, dealing most specifically with the children of the workhouse, was horrifying and heartbreaking to read. Unfortunately, the very style that Worth employs to make it more real and personal - telling the stories from the children's perspective - also works against her in making it seem more like fiction. That's the difficulty, I think, in trying to include other people's lives in a memoir. I did en [...]


    • Jennifer Worth is a first rate story teller. Her memoirs of living and working as a nurse and midwife in the East of London in the 1950's are some of the best books I've read in a long time. These stories are poignant and will bring a tear to your eyes. She tells of the conditions of the poor with straightforward honesty and pulls no punches.Even though the "work houses" were officially abolished in 1930, they remained in actual practice long after that time, and they functioned under different [...]


    • Excellent, as expected - and heartbreaking to read those stories that took place in the shadows of the workhouse.A FEW NOTES: 1. I LOVE Jenny and co - I wish there would have been more Trixie and Chummy, though! 2. The Monica Joan incident makes me laugh. She's so funny.3. BLAHHH I LOVE ALL THE CHARACTERS. :-)4. The story of Joe, the old man, is terribly sweet. The episode in the TV series made me bawl my eyes out.5. Jane and Peggy and Frank DESERVED WAY MORE.


    • Yet another gorgeously written and utterly captivating book in the “Call the Midwife” series. The characters are truly memorable. Once again, I experienced an entire gamut of emotions – sobbing in some parts and laughing in others.


    • I seriously love curling up with the stories of the midwives. This particular book was difficult to read though with the descriptions of workhouse conditions. It's hard to believe that these places existed. The book was sprinkled with fun stories throughout as well to combat the sad ones.


    • After devouring, within 2 days, and very much enjoying the first book in this trilogy entitled Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy and Hard Times, which is presented in a more traditional memoir format, I'm sorry have to admit that I’m ever so slightly irritated with the second book. Whereas the first book was more expressive of Mrs. Worth’s own personal experiences as both a nurse and midwife and spoke of several of her patients, the second book in the series is more of a social commen [...]


    • This book is unfortunately problematic. I read Worth's first memoir several years ago and I enjoyed it far more, and the reason is simple: while in Call the Midwife you largely follow her personal experiences, here you rarely focus on Worth herself. It is split into three sections, each focusing on a different person (or group of people) that she knew. As much as I believe her general representation of the era, I admit that her writing style here made me raise a cynical eyebrow far too often for [...]


    • I loved this memoir just as much as the first installment if not more. I originally picked up the books because I really like the television show based on them, but I confess the books are as always so much better. Ms. Worth's wry sense of humor and sassy quips don't come through in the Jenny Lee character on screen, but they simply make this memoir. This book also contains searing political commentary, accurate historical information, the joys and terror of birth and families, and the best and [...]


    • This is the second book by Jennifer Worth about her time as a midwife in London's East End during the 1950s. I loved the first book, Call the Midwife, and this one didn't disappoint either. Once again, Worth recounts the grinding poverty and unimaginable living conditions of the day. Once again, I'm astounded that this is a time within living memory and not some distant century; my mother would have been a young girl then. As in Call the Midwife, there is a lot of background information about th [...]


    • This volume of Jennifer Worth's memoirs focuses on her experiences with people in her Poplar community whose lives were irrevocably impacted by the workhouses. I feel like this is such important reading, because it's so easy to forget how recently these institutions loomed large in the minds of folks living in poverty. I thought of them as a Victorian institution, and in a way they were, but it's easy to forget that in 1950, the "Victorian era" was astonishingly recent -- and the workhouses did [...]


    • This book is split into three parts, the first being about three people who had spent their time in workhouses and how it affected their lives. This was horrific reading at times, but interesting.The second is about the trial of a nun who the author worked with, which I found quite tedious at times.The third part was about an elderly gentleman that the author treated which was an interesting story and he reminded me of my father-in-law.Overall an interesting read but with not a huge amount of wo [...]


    • Wow, what a book. I had read Volume 1 which I had really enjoyed and of course had watched the tv show. I expected more of the same from Volume 2 as I eagerly started reading. Instead of more stories about babies being born in the East End of London, I started getting involved in the first of 3 longer stories about people other than pregnant women whose lives were part of Nurse Jenny Lee's work and life.Jennifer Worth is an extremely engaging writer. She is writing the life stories of people who [...]


    • Book two of the Call The Midwife trilogy.When I started reading this one I really wasn't sure about it. It has very little to do with Jennifer Worth's work as a midwife, and more to do with the examination of how the workhouse system affected the lives of some of her older patients.At the beginning, she recreates the early lives of three people she has known whose early lives were spent in the Poplar workhouse - Jane, the illegitimate child of and affair between her mother (a servant) and her em [...]


    • 3,5Jennifer Worthin omaelämäkerran toinen osa Hakekaa kätilö 2 - Kaupungin varjoissa on teoksena ehkä jopa edellistä sujuvampi luettava. Worth kirjoittaa kokemuksistaan ja tapaamistaan ihmisistä romaanimuodossa. Onkin siis helppoa sujahtaa 1950-luvun Lontoon vilkkaiden satamakatujen kuhinaan. Aivan yhtä paljon en kuitenkaan saanut teoksesta irti kuin ensimmäisestä osasta. Se ei silti tee tästä huonoa teosta, hyvin surullisen vain.Nyt kätilöhommat ovat sivuroolissa ja Worth kertoo k [...]


    • A brilliant piece of historical literature. Written with numbing clarity, this novel opens up a world that I would never want to live in. The horrors that countless people endured just to see the next day's dawn, I don't think I would have had the resilience to survive myself. As with every other literary piece I have read, this novel is more gripping than its televised version. Specifically, I enjoyed that Jane had a proper ending to her story by marring the Reverend. The descriptions of what h [...]


    • I am not as eloquent as some when I write a review but let me give it a go! I enjoyed reading Jenny Lee's journal of her work as a midwife in the East End of London among the poor and impoverished. One thought that stood out to me was that when the poor are left to their own devices, they become as the animals. I learned from this that not only are we to help in the poor just because they need it but that we also need to raise them up so they realize their worth and potential. I enjoyed her acco [...]


    • Still so fascinating. This one was not about midwifery, instead it was predominantly about the workhouses. Rather than many small stories like the first book this one has five main stories: a brother and sister and their friend who grew up in the workhouse, ancient Sister Monica Joan is accused of thievery and goes to trial, and the very best story is last about the history and current condition of an elderly ex-soldier Jenny works with daily and forms a strong friendship with. The first stories [...]


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