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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (6,095 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jennifer Worth Narrator: Nicola Barber Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Call the Midwife Trilogy Release Date:
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At the age of twenty-two, Jennifer Worth leaves her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in post war London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she meets while delivering babies all over London—from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lives to the woman with twenty-four children who can’t speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city’s seedier side—illuminate a fascinating time in history. Beautifully written and utterly moving, Call the Midwife will touch the hearts of anyone who is, and everyone who has, a mother.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A 2013 Audie Award Finalist for Best Female Solo Narration

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Laurie | 2/12/2014

    " This was a wonderful book. I just finished watching the series based on this book on PBS. It is fascinating! Its a memoir written about a young midwife, nurse in the 50's in the East End of London. She lives with nuns who are midwifes to the poorest of the poor in London. I loved the stories of love and warmth among living conditions we have never even imagined. I do have to put in a disclaimer. There are two chapters on the hoar houses and the practices there that i wish i had not read. It is very descriptive and although i know it is real and true and people experienced this, I don't want to read that much detail. It's amazing what these people went through, and even more amazing the lessons of the Love of God the nuns help these young nurse midwives learn. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nicole Gerrand | 1/31/2014

    " Tis is wonderful. It is like going back in time and getting a true understanding of another time their society, problems, lifestyle joys, hopes. The east end of London in the 1950's would have been such a hard place to live for women but they just seemed to accept the multiple pregnancies, large families with good humor. Some of the stories are heartbreaking some joyous and some just complacent "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Shell Beagle | 1/31/2014

    " A fantastic book and a stark reminder of how hard women had it during the 50's and early 60's in the tenements of east end London. A reminder of just how easy we have it today. Filled with vibrant colourful characters from Sister Monica Joan to Conchita and her family of 25 and poor Irish Mary who's baby was taken with out her permission. Jennifer Worth's book is open, honest, and above all positive for despite the circumstances of her patients they all seemed to be happy with their lot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jacqui Larner | 1/25/2014

    " Enjoyable read...scary thought being pregnant, in the East End in the 1950's...glad pregnancy care has progressed! "

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About the Author

Jennifer Worth (1935–2011) trained as a nurse at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, and was later ward sister at the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital in London, then the Marie Curie Hospital, also in London. Music had always been her passion, and in 1973 she left nursing in order to study music intensively, teaching piano and singing for twenty-five years. Her books have all been bestsellers in England.