Shadows of the Workhouse is a book by British author Jennifer Worth ( ). It formed the basis for the second series of the television drama Call the. The sequel to Jennifer Worth’s New York Times bestselling memoir and the basis for the PBS series Call the MidwifeWhen twenty-two-year-old Jennifer Worth, fr. Buy Shadows Of The Workhouse: The Drama Of Life In Postwar London by Jennifer Worth (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low .

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Having said this, I’m still looking forward to the third volume of memoirs, “Farewell to the East End”. While the story of Sister Monica Joan is interesting in and of itself, the main worth of this central section is the light it sheds on the day-to-day life of the nuns and the nurses who chose to work with them.

I love the tv show. Thanks for telling us about the sorkhouse. The quality of writing is different – it is jenniver factual, written from her long conversations with him. The Best Books of I loved her previous book, The Midwife. Jane had grown up in the workhouse. I am now looking forward to reading the last in Jennifer Worth’s trilogy “Farewell to the East End” to workhoouse the set. I did notice however that the audiobook version differs from the printed one, for example the story of an old Boer War veteran, view spoiler [in the audio version one of the twin sons is court martialed and executed, while in the printed version one twin dies and the other is missing presumed dead.

Return to Book Page. Some as young adult, others who had been born there or sent as orphans. I missed reading jeninfer the various cases and people she came across, there just wasn’t enough of Jenny being a midwife and interacting with patients. Mar 25, Sabina rated it really liked it Shelves: Hunger and hardship were lf.

Book two of the Call The Midwife trilogy. It focuses on poverty of a different kind. The idea of someone who had been an inmate of a workhouse returning their at the end of their life… for a lot of people, it must have seemed as though they had never escaped. The jennider section, dealing most specifically with the children of the workhouse, was horrifying and heartbreaking to read.


Shadows of the Workhouse

In ‘Shadows of the Workhouse’, Ms. I seriously love curling up with the stories of the midwives. The kind that is chosen by nuns who take their vows. Sorth Worth was a midwife in London’s East End in the s.

This book is unfortunately problematic. These were lives not sorkhouse without happiness, but even told as simply and to the point as they are here, they are heartbreakingly touching. Selfridge disguise but only allude to real conditions of ordinary working class people. View all 29 comments.

Reportedly, she had been conceived as the result of an affair between her mother and a man of high social standing. I enjoy reading your comments! As children often do. For the working class, life was nasty, brutish and short. I suppose the intentions in developing the workhouses could have been good ones; but as with many ideas which are based on good intentions, the workhouses turned out to be a horrible, dehumanizing experience for those who were corralled inside of them… mothers, fathers and children… all housed separately so they could not even offer each other the smallest comfort.

He had such a hard life filled with so much tragedy, he was all alone and had no friends or family left. This book makes me feel alive and happy to be that way, and it makes me reflect more on life than any other book I’ve read this year.

Shadows Of The Workhouse : The Drama Of Life In Postwar London

And Sister Monica Joan, the eccentric ninety-year-old nun, is accused of shoplifting some small items from the local market. Jennifer Worth rat This is a charming book. Jane finally belonged to someone.

It is not all about the workhouse, as I expected from the title, but about the times and culture in which the workhouse existed up into the s.


Especially to social workers, nurses, and care workers. The stories of her patients, several of them told in detail, are affectionate, non-judgemental vignettes of those who survived harsh times conventionally and otherwise and whose hard-come-by happiness you will rejoice in as you read this book. Categories Fiction Non-fiction Children’s books Authors.

Many of those minds also bore other scars: They walked in or crawled. However, it did serve the purpose of showing that Sister Monica Joan’s descent into dementia did appear to be genuine.

The kind-hearted, courageous man was obviously an enormous influence on Worth, and I so enjoyed reading her memories of him, the stories he shared, and watching their friendship grow.

It wasn’t a surprise they ended up being lovers, they didn’t grow up together but since they only had each workhohse and had no other love in their life the natural thing for them was to get together, it was the only thing that kept them going day to day.

The second section focuses on Sister Monica Joan.

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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. And as another reviewer pointed out, this one just didn’t feel as tr I thoroughly enjoyed “Call the Midwife” and started this follow up to it with great expectations. You are commenting using your Twitter account. This was horrific reading sahdows times, but interesting.

Although Britain’s workhouses were officially abolished inmany shadowws not close their doors until much later. Not a great deal about the midwives. Peggy and Frank’s parents both died within 6 months of each other and the children were left destitute. Evocative, heartbreaking, and a valid historical social record. I’d love the author Jennifer Worth to comment.