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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Shadows of the Workhouse by Jennifer Worth

I own a copy of a British book, published inthe year of the Festival of Britain. Generally speaking, memoirs of the religious life show nuns in a somewhat dour, if respectful, light. I really enjoyed Call the Midwife both the TV show and book. Just one more sad story and again one among thousands. Jane stood out from the beginning. In our present age, thanks to the National Heath Service established and a comparatively extremely generous State Benefits system largely set up between — and now expanding rapidly and unsustainablysuch an absolute depth of brutal poverty as described by Ov Worth has thankfully become unknown.

It was deeply felt – Mr Collett’s lonely and tragic life was one she found very upsetting. Although Britain’s workhouses were officially abolished inmany did not close their doors until much later. Jennifer Worth worked as a midwife and nurse with an order shzdows nuns in the s. Join 1, other followers. The second section focuses on Sister Monica Joan. Sorry, your sahdows cannot share posts by email.

But she then regales us with some very detailed scenes from some of these persons’ childhoods and earlier lives. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. She obtained a fellowship in The world has lost a great asset with the passing of Mrs.

There is so much wit, wisdom, and heart in this book that I’m sure I will be rereading in the future. I didn’t particularly like the over long section about Sister Monica Joan’s trial for alleged theft of jewellery. After devouring, within 2 days, and very much enjoying the first book in this trilogy entitled Call the Midwife: Now that I have finished listening to the audiobook of the second book in this trilogy, I very much regret that I did not take the time to write a review of the first book in the series.


Life in jenjifer workhouse or in the poorest areas of London in late 19th century was completely unknown to me. The book became a bestseller when it was reissued in The Midwife Trilogy 3 books. Overall an interesting read but with not a huge amount of wo This book is split into three parts, the first being about three people who had spent their time in workhouses and how it affected their lives. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to dig a little deeper into what Dickens wrote about.

Often short lives, too. I also learnt possibly why my own father has all his life said many words backwards – a strange habit I never understood, but one which has rubbed off on me – and it is shadoww do with coster language which he maybe picked up from the backstreets in Birmingham where he grew up where either there were Cockney costers, or coster language was similar in other large cities also.

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

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. T Television dramas cannot compare with the suffering and terrible grief occurring in the East End of London for close to two hundred years. The third, fifth, and sixth of those are covered in the first sorth of the BBC television A deeply eye-opening and very emotionally moving book.

She describes what happened to local housing before and after WWII saturation bombing the worst in the country of the Docklands, then goes on to say s housing redevelopment actually was harder on the local people.

In the end, Jane’s story DID have a happy ending. In Shadows she shares some of their life stories with us. And as another reviewer pointed out, this one just didn’t feel as true as the former. He wanted to break the spirit of this bright, intelligent and lively girl whose only crime was wanting a father and a family who would hsadows her. Can anyone put me right on this?

Worth is a very fair recorder of history. Worth’s wry sense of humor and sassy quips don’t come through in the Jenny Lee character on screen, but they simply make this memoir. Also in the first book, Ms Worth takes the reader with her on a bicycling tour the nuns used bicycles to get aroundwitnessing what it was truly like to be a midwife in some of the most harrowing circumstances.


Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Jane’s story in particular was heartbreaking for me. These stories are poignant and will bring a tear to your eyes.

These stories give a fascinating insight into the resilience and spirit that enabled ordinary people to overcome their difficulties.

The horror of extreme cruelty to children, together with the long-term emotional damage sustained, receives neither dumbing-down nor brushing over. As she grew, she heard the whisperings among the women that her father was a ‘very important jejnifer. Jane had grown up in the workhouse. Inshe received a licentiate of the London College of Music, where she taught piano and singing.

This site uses cookies. I am now looking forward to reading the last in Jennifer Jennifsr trilogy “Farewell to the East End” to complete the set.

I loved this memoir just as much as the first installment if not more. For the working class, life was nasty, brutish and short. After the second season of the show ended, I was eager for more tales lf Jenny, Cynthia, Chummy, Trixie and the nuns. I was completely saddened by the cruelty of poverty in the past yet at the same time engaged by the wholesomeness of the character traits in those whose stories were being told.

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She argued that the method shown in the movie, far from being fairly quick and painless, was in fact almost invariably fatal to the mother. She is let off with a warning, but then Jennifer finds stolen jewels from Wirth Garden in the nun’s room.

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