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Call the Midwife: Shadows of the Workhouse

Jennifer Worth

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.

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.
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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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Nicola Barber

Length:

10h 15m


Chapters

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05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

29:03


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

17:53


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

20:29


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

16:04


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

21:45


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

24:38


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

25:22


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

25:05


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

25:24


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

30:02


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

27:08


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

24:18


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

16:11


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

16:57


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

17:50


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

19:38


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

54:59


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

26:06


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

17:49


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

29:56


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

27:05


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

20:34


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

17:52


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

15:24


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

29:34


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

11:06


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:22