• Call the Midwife

  • A True Story of the East End in the 1950s
  • By: Jennifer Worth
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Cole
  • Length: 4 hrs and 36 mins
  • Abridged
  • Release date: 11-26-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
  • 4.5 (11 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Jennifer Worth came from a sheltered background when she became a midwife in the Docklands in the 1950s. The conditions in which many women gave birth just half a century ago were horrifying, not only because of their grimly impoverished surroundings but also because of what they were expected to endure.
But while Jennifer witnessed brutality and tragedy, she also met with amazing kindness and understanding, tempered by a great deal of Cockney humour. She also earned the confidences of some whose lives were truly stranger, more poignant and more terrifying than could ever be recounted in fiction.
Attached to an order of nuns who had been working in the slums since the 1870s, Jennifer tells the story not only of the women she treated but also of the community of nuns (including one who was accused of stealing jewels from Hatton Garden) and the camaraderie of the midwives with whom she trained. Funny, disturbing and incredibly moving, Jennifer's stories bring to life the colourful world of the East End in the 1950s.
©2007 Jennifer Worth (P)2008 Orion Publishing Group
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By Jackie on 03-15-16


If you could sum up Call the Midwife in three words, what would they be?

heartfelt, humanitarian, funny.

Which character – as performed by Stephanie Cole – was your favourite?

I found Stephanie's narration fantastic. all the characters were brought to life with warmth and compassion, especially Sister Evangelina. The cockney banter is lovely.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

10 years hard labour

Any additional comments?

highly recommended.

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By lyndianne on 03-13-17

Call the Midwife. Informative and moving book

True factual history of life before the Dawn of the NHS in 1948. The year I was born to a young Mother in London who had run away from the Vallies in S.Wales. Had my birth been any sooner well I might not be here today.
A very well written book.
The account of life in the slums of the East end
of London. For anyone thinking that there life was tough read this book and thank Heaven
and all that is.. that the Workhouses have been
abolished. That young children are cared for by a welfare state. Profoundly moving book.

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By Amazon Customer on 04-24-16

Loved it!

I loved reading this story. It opened my eyes to what life was like. I'm glad I gave birth when I did!

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By Silly Sharon on 03-17-16

True Nightingales

I think this is the quickest I have finished a book. Easy to follow. Easy to understand. But not at all boring.

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