I have a copy of Call the Midwife: Shadows of the Workhouse by Jennifer Worth to give away!
About the book
In the 1950’s, twenty-two year old Jennifer Worth left her comfortable middle class life to work as a midwife in the East End, the direst section of postwar London. During her time there as a midwife she not only delivered hundreds of babies and touched many lives, she became its most vivid chronicler. Worth’s masterfully written trilogy of memoirs have since become the basis for the smash BBC series “Call the Midwife” and have all been #1 bestsellers in the UK. PBS just finished airing the first season of “Call the Midwife” to critical acclaim and will air the second season in March 2013.
When Worth became a midwife in the 1950s, working with the Nonnatus nuns in the East End of London, she joined a community whose lives had often been touched by the shadow of the workhouse, a persistent Victorian institution in which the poor – adults and children alike – lived like prisoners. In Call the Midwife: Shadows of the Workhouse, the follow up to her critically acclaimed book, Call the Midwife, Worth tells the true stories of the people whose lives had been warped by such places. There is the story of Peggy and Frank whose parents both died within six months of each other leaving them as destitute children; the story of 7-year-old Jane whose bubbly spirit was broken by the cruelty of the master of the workhouse; and the story of Mr. Collett, a Boer War veteran, who lost his family in the two world wars and ended up in a relic of the workhouse system.
As in Worth’s other books, what shines through in these portrayals of triumph over tragedy is the unbreakable resilience of the human spirit. Call the Midwife: Shadows of the Workhouse provides more amazing examples of the strength, courage, and humor of a people determined to build a future for themselves against the odds.