Farewell to the East End

Farewell to the East End

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This final book in Jennifer Worth's memories of her time as a midwife in London's East end brings her story full circle. As always there are heartbreaking stories such as the family devastated by tuberculosis and a ship's woman who 'serviced' the entire crew, as well as plenty of humour and warmth such as the tale of Megan'mave, two women who shared the same husband! Other stories cover backstreet abortions, the changing life of the docklands, infanticide, as well as the lives of the inhabitants of Nonnatus House. We discover what happens with the gauche debutant Chummy and her equally gauche policeman; will Sister Monica Joan continue her life of crime?; will Sister Evangelina ever crack a smile? And what of Jennifer herself? The book not only details the final years of the tenements that but also of Jennifer's journey as she moves on from the close community of nuns, and her life takes a new path.
Publisher: London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2009
ISBN: 9780297844655
0297844652
Branch Call Number: 618.2 Wor 3558
Characteristics: 321 p., [8] p. of plates :,ill. ;,21 cm

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OP_1
Sep 03, 2019

Books & Bites Book Club / December 2016

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OP_2
Aug 26, 2019

Tea & Talk Book Club / September 2015

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kisse
Jan 03, 2019

I was part of the Obstetric team,Nurse,Midwife ( on Bicycles) , HS,SHO ,Registrar and Flying Squad ,at the very time and near the area captured in this Play.I enjoyed every minute of the collaboration and consideration from the patients too, but eventually migrated to North America (like many of us) due to the consultant bottleneck.
Sadly the job or the Joy of Practising never was the same again and I doubt it would be now in the UK.

The second series is almost as good as the first one. Another glimpse into life in the 50s in a very poor area of London, England. Life is to be lived where you call home and these midwives definitely do that. I plan to put season 3 on hold to enjoy the next rainy week we have in the country.

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cgarzon
Apr 19, 2018

Gave great context and background for the tv series.

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Quietday
Apr 11, 2017

I love the Call the Midwife series on the BBC. This is the first book I've read. The workhouse stories were hard to bear, especially the treatment of Jane as a child. So much inhumanity. But Worth's journals as a nurse are always interesting to me. We can't imagine life in the workhouse, how awful that must have been, how families were driven apart by poverty and unfortunate circumstances. At least later in life, there were sparks of happiness for these 3 figures.

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BeckyR21
Jul 07, 2016

Very interesting read. The TV series does an excellent job taking a wonderful book and creating TV worth watching.

cmlibrary_ecrites Apr 20, 2016

I loved this book! What a fascinating look into an equally fascinating time in history.

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wendyfath
Apr 15, 2016

This book in the series does not deal with the 'midwife experience'; rather, Worth focuses more on the workhouse experience and the aftermath through the lives of a number of fascinating characters. She retells their stories with acute sensitivity and brilliant detail. This is a very engaging way to read history.

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cutemegz
Mar 17, 2016

Good read, very touching and mind opening to the struggles of our past. Worth a read, if you are not into reading watch the series, it follows the novel beautifully.

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so_yun
Jun 06, 2013

different stories from memorable events while the author was training as a midwife in London't East End where people are mostly poor and speak with Cockney accent with influx of new immigrants.

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mvkramer Mar 24, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Like the first volume's chapter about the young prostitute Mary, this volume has a very violent scene emerge from nowhere in the chapter entitled "Nancy." This chapter relates the incredibly brutal story of a girl getting "surgically raped" (just the phrase squicks me out). Skip this chapter if you're a more sensitive reader.

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