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.
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. Download and start listening now!