Phoenix (2010), 992 pages
"A chronicle of Jennifer Worth's experiences as a midwife working in Londons East End in the 1950s" -- back cover.
LibraryThing member Cazzeira
Captivating, intriguing, full of pathos and without an ounce of sentimentality, Jennifer Worth relates the story of the East End of London in the 1950s. Training as a student midwife, she saw first-hand the daily grind of abject poverty and the resilience required of many families to survive. Threaded through this story are the lives of her fellow midwives and the nursing sisters that trained them. The stories are told with a clarity of insight and an understanding rarely shown in social history tales. It's a story written by a woman, about women and should be read by every woman...who should then give it to every man in her life to read. Worth recounts shocking pieces of history and humourous anecdotes that will make you glad we no longer live in those times and wonder if we would have the same resilience of spirit and strength of humanity.
LibraryThing member CarolBurnett
Great book and true to the times. Much better than the TV series, although I enjoyed that as well as the book. Jennifer Worth took me back to the fifties and even though Australia had a lot of differences, there were also many similarities.
LibraryThing member LynnB
I really enjoyed these accounts of Jennifer Worth's time working as a nurse and midwife in London. She tells the stories of people she worked with and patients she cared for so well, really evoking a sense of the time and I was able to feel the fears, sadness and joy she felt.
992 p.; 5.12 inches
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