Call the Midwife: Shadows of the Workhouse

Author: Jennifer Worth

Publisher: Ecco

ISBN: 9780062270047

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

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The sequel to Jennifer Worth's New York Times bestselling memoir and the basis for the PBS series Call the Midwife When 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.

Shadows of the Workhouse

Author: Jennifer Worth

Publisher: George Weidenfeld & Nicholson

ISBN: N.A

Category: Midwives

Page: 294

View: 7108


Originally published: Twickenham: Merton, 2005.

The Workhouse Encyclopedia

Author: Peter Higginbotham

Publisher: The History Press

ISBN: 0752477196

Category: Social Science

Page: 480

View: 4781


This fascinating, fully illustrated volume is the definitive guide to every aspect of workhouse life. Compiled by Peter Higginbotham, one of Britain's foremost experts on the subject, it covers everything from the 1725 publication An Account of Several Workhouses to the South African Zulu admitted to Fulham Road Workhouse in 1880. With hundreds of fascinating anecdotes, plus priceless information for researchers including workhouse addresses, useful websites and archive repository details, maps, plans, original workhouse publications and an extensive bibliography, it will delight family historians and general readers alike.

Letters to the Midwife

Author: Jennifer Worth

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0297869094

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 9344


Letters to the Midwife is a wonderful collection of correspondence received by Jennifer Worth, offering a fascinating glimpse into a long-lost world. Along with readers' responses and personal histories, it is filled with all sorts of heart-warming gems. There are stories from other midwives, lorry drivers, even a seamstress, all with tales to tell. Containing previously unpublished material describing her time spent in Paris and some journal entries, this is also a portrait of Jennifer herself, complete with a moving introduction by her family about the woman they knew and loved.

Clothing the Poor in Nineteenth-Century England

Author: Vivienne Richmond

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107042275

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 359

View: 3923


A pioneering study of the importance of dress to the collective and individual identities of the nineteenth-century English poor.

Women in the Arts in the Belle Epoque

Author: Paul Fryer

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 078646075X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 239

View: 8791


This collection of new essays explores the role played by women practitioners in the arts during the period often referred to as the Belle Epoque, a turn of the century period in which the modern media (audio and film recording, broadcasting, etc.) began to become a reality. Exploring the careers and creative lives of both the famous (Sarah Bernhardt) and the less so (Pauline Townsend) across a remarkable range of artistic activity from composition through oratory to fine art and film directing, these essays attempt to reveal, in some cases for the first time, women's true impact on the arts at the turn of the 19th century.

The Changing Legal Regulation of Cohabitation

Author: Rebecca Probert

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107020840

Category: History

Page: 301

View: 5893


This book is for anyone interested in the history of marriage and cohabitation, whether historian, lawyer or general reader. It is written in an accessible style, while providing a radical reassessment of existing ideas about the popularity, legal treatment and perceptions of cohabitation between 1600 and 2010.

Shadows of the Workhouse

Author: Jennifer Worth

Publisher: Phoenix

ISBN: 9781780225111

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 294

View: 584


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 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.