Farewell to the East End : The Last Days of the East End Midwives, Paperback Book

Farewell to the East End : The Last Days of the East End Midwives Paperback

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Description

The third and final book in the bestselling CALL THE MIDWIFE series, soon to be a major BBC TV series. 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 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 but also of Jennifer's journey as she moves on from the close community of nuns, and her life takes a new path.

Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336 pages, 30, 2 maps
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Memoirs
  • ISBN: 9780753823064

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4

Being quite interested in the days gone by... i stumbled across this book a while ago by chance, the book itself contains the memoirs of a young midwife. The book was wonderful and easy to read probably because it feels a little like a diary of events. The book is ideal to pick up and put down as the chapters are broken down detailing individual cases / patients. The recent tv series that was adapted from the book was also entertaining and casting Miranda Hart as Chummy was spot on

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4

This is a less linear account of Jennifer's days as a midwife but the book is full of anecdotes about various people she describes so well I was interested in all of them. I particularly loved the end where she explains what happened to everyone and ultimately to Poplar. I thoroughly enjoyed her memoirs - she is infinitely wise and is an excellent storyteller. I will miss these dearly. If you are whatsoever interested in women's lives, pick up these books.

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5

Love these books by Jennifer Worth. This one was one of the best as it wraps up her time at Nonnatus house (a convent which provides widwifery services to the poorest of the poor in the east end London). Such horrifying and beautifully written stories. Makes me feel very lucky to be living in a time when I can give life to my beautiful girls without worrying how I will feed them or if they will fit into our bomb site one bedroom apartment.

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5

Love these books by Jennifer Worth. This one was one of the best as it wraps up her time at Nonnatus house (a convent which provides widwifery services to the poorest of the poor in the east end London). Such horrifying and beautifully written stories. Makes me feel very lucky to be living in a time when I can give life to my beautiful girls without worrying how I will feed them or if they will fit into our bomb site one bedroom apartment.

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3

so interesting to listen to life back then and the way people lived in different parts of the world. Very good diary of an interesting person's life.

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