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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 In addition, there is also the interesting addition of Jennifer’s own diary entries and her previously unpublished account of her youthful sojourn in Paris of the fifties.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.
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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in Call the Midwife and a curious list of the things Jennifer would need to become a missionary, Containing previously unpublished photos and journal entries, this is also a portrait of Jennifer, complete with a moving introduction by her family about the Jennifer Worth they knew and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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Fans of the four Call the Midwife books that inspired the TV series will treasure this collection of letters to and from the author, Jennifer Worth, who passed away in 2011. Her tales of life in 1950s East End London inspired others to share their experiences of nursing at the time, along with responses from people from all walks of life. Perhaps most moving are the notes from Sister Jocelyn (known as Sister Julienne in the books), offering words of wisdom. WOMAN Jennifer Worth, author of the bestselling Call the Midwife, sadly passed away in May 2011 following a short illness. Her books have gained a great deal of popularity in recent years with their mixture of warmth, sadness and humour based on her experiences working as a midwife in the East End of London. Letters to the Midwife features some of the treasured letters received by Worth from former work colleagues and fans of her books. The resulting book is a rich testament to a life lived fully and to a very special lady whose memories have managed to inspire and touch so many www.thebookbag.co.uk Fans of the four Call the Midwife books that inspired the TV series will treasure this collection of letters to and from the author, Jennifer Worth, who passed away in 2011. Her tales of life in 1950s East End London inspired others to share their experiences of nursing at the time, along with responses from people from all walks of life. Perhaps most moving are the notes from Sister Jocelyn (known as Sister Julienne in the books), offering words of wisdom. WOMAN Jennifer Worth, author of the bestselling Call the Midwife, sadly passed away in May 2011 following a short illness. Her books have gained a great deal of popularity in recent years with their mixture of warmth, sadness and humour based on her experiences working as a midwife in the East End of London. Letters to the Midwife features some of the treasured letters received by Worth from former work colleagues and fans of her books. The resulting book is a rich testament to a life lived fully and to a very special lady whose memories have managed to inspire and touch so many www.thebookbag.co.uk


About the Author

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.

Author photo © KCP Studio

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Book Info

Publication date

13th February 2014

Author

Jennifer Worth

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Publisher

Weidenfeld & Nicolson an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Hardback
256 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
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Memoirs
Midwifery
Social & cultural history
Diaries, letters & journals

ISBN

9780297869085

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