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Letters to the Midwife by Jennifer Worth

Letters to the Midwife

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Since the publication of her first book, Call the Midwife in 2002, Jennifer Worth received a shoal of letters from readers touched by her writing and revealing their own experiences. A selection of these heartfelt letters is reproduced here for the first time together with other snippets and scrapbook items from her time in nursing.

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Call the Midwife has become one of television’s big success stories, its creation inspired by the memoirs of Jennifer Worth who worked as a midwife in the 1950s. Now a selection of some of the correspondence she received is published alongside a moving portrait of Jennifer that has been compiled by her family. Her vivid recollections of what now constitutes a bygone era clearly conjured strong memories for fellow midwives and countless others who felt compelled to write to Jennifer and share their individual stories. In addition, there is also the interesting addition of Jennifer’s own diary entries and her previously unpublished account of her youthful sojourn in Paris of the fifties. All the material included in this volume pays tribute to Jennifer’s talents as a writer, and her personal warmth and generosity of spirit. As one correspondent told her family after her death, ‘she has touched the soul of many of her readers, most of whom she never met,’ his words reflecting the sentiments of many.
~ Amanda Hodges


Letters to the Midwife by Jennifer Worth

When the CALL THE MIDWIFE books became bestsellers, Jennifer Worth was inundated with correspondence. People felt moved to write to her because the books had touched them, and because they wanted to share memories of the world her books described, the East End of London in the late 1940s and early 1950s. LETTERS TO THE MIDWIFE is a collection of the correspondence she received offering a fascinating glimpse into a long-lost world. Along with readers' responses and personal histories, it is filled with heartwarming gems such as letters and drawings sent by one of the nuns featured in Call the Midwife and a curious list of the things Jennifer would need to become a missionary, Containing previously unpublished photos and journal entries, this is also a portrait of Jennifer, complete with a moving introduction by her family about the Jennifer Worth they knew and loved.

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Jennifer Worth

Jennifer Worth was a nurse, midwife, ward sister and night sister from 1953 until 1973. Her Call the Midwife trilogy comprises Call the Midwife, first published by W&N in 2007, as well as Shadow of the Workhouse and Farewell to the East End. The books were based on Worth's experiences as a midwife in London's East End in the 1950s, and have sold almost a million copies in the UK, according to the publisher.

Call the Midwife has been made into a major television series for the BBC, produced by Neal Street Productions and scripted by Heidi Thomas, who also wrote the screenplay for "Cranford". The series runs for 6 weeks from 15th January 2012.

Jennifer Worth died on 31st May 2011 and is survived by her husband Philip Worth, their two daughters and three grandchildren.

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30th November 1999


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