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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Men were old at forty, women worn out at thirty-five. The whole is woven together seemingly without emotion, and yet provoking it. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. This volume of Jennifer Worth’s memoirs focuses on her experiences with people in her Poplar community whose lives were irrevocably impacted by the workhouses.

Our middle class is deteriorating as Americans experience downward mobility. All in all a very good read.

Learned more about the workhouse system and Sister Monica Joan. What I can tell you about the first book is that I bawled!

Shadows of the Workhouse

There was just a throwaway sentence here and there about Jenny’s midwife duties if that was it. The Jane that Jennifer Worth met never spoke above jejnifer whisper and moved about as if she were expecting someone to strike her. There were also good stories about British army life in the early s. Aug 04, Mandy Downie rated it it was amazing. It seems to me that with as difficult as life can be, at the very least, EVERY child should enter the world in much better circumstances.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I was pissed that they had such a sad and somewhat bittersweet end. I also enjoyed the first book by Jennifer Worth — strangely enough, called Call the Midwife. The problem was I’d also seen wrth BBC mini-series based on these books and found too much of the book familiar.


Contact the Imperial War Museum in London. And Sister Monica Joan, the eccentric ninety-year-old nun, thhe accused of shoplifting some small items from the local market.

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

Some as young adult, others who jnnifer been born there or sent as orphans. That’s the difficulty, I think, in trying to include other people’s lives in a memoir.

Considering British class discrimination, this is unsurprising sbadows painful, emotionally excruciating and deeply disgusting. Interesting Radio workhpuse with the author http: Email required Address never made public. Refresh and try again. Jennifer died in May after a short illness, leaving her husband Philip, two daughters and three grandchildren. It is the memories of a woman who was a young midwife in the 50s in the post-war, poverty-stricken East End of London where little had moved on since Edwardian and even Victorian times.

I’d love the author Jennifer Worth to comment. Jennifer Worth has an ability to tell a story in such a way that makes it not only interesting and compelling, but also with enough emotional attachment tge make us really care about the people, their lives and why they did what they did.

Even though the “work houses” were officially abolished inthey remained in actual practice long after that time, and they functioned under different names.

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. Post was not sent – check your email addresses! There were stories that horrified me and angered me… stories that made me cry and stories that made me grateful that despite the pervasive cynicism I jennnifer toward the world and the people in it, that there are kind, compassionate and non-judgmental souls who make their life’s work about caring for the poor and the sick and the people whom the rest of the world has cast aside.


Shadows of the Workhouse by Jennifer Worth

The book is informative and well researched and I learnt a lot about many aspects of life for the poor. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. It actually covered quite a bit, the history of the work houses, the convent of nursing sisters and even parts of the World War II. There’s Jane, who cleaned and generally helped out at Nonnatus House – she was taken to the workhouse as a baby and was allegedly the illegitimate daughter of an aristocrat.

This book also contains searing political commentary, accurate historical information, the joys and terror of birth and families, and the best and worst of humanity. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to get beyond the facts of what life must have been like for those who lived in the workhouse.

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to dig a little deeper into what Dickens wrote jennifeer. I loved the cockney witness and the confused judge, their exchange was hilarious. Many are being forced from their homes and losing communities they love to financial bureaucratic maneuvering, unable to find work, becoming impoverished and worse, physically disabled, as they grow older.