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

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A fascinating slice of social history, London's east end in the 1950s, from the author of Call the Midwife

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Worth is a vivid writer with a talent for the sting in the tail... a highly readable book - and a must for social planners. (EVENING STANDARD)

Jennifer Worth has a gift for storytelling and a keen eye for the evocative (BBC WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?)

These are powerful stories delivered with sweet charm and controlled outrage. (TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT)

Healthcare workers could learn a great deal from reading this book... compassionate, non-judgemental... tears rolled down my cheeks reading the final chapters. (NURSING STANDARD)

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When Jennifer Worth became a midwife in the 1950s, she moved to an East End where many lives were touched by the shadow of the workhouse. For although the institutions were officially abolished in 1930, in reality many did not close until several decades later.

In the follow-up to her bestselling Call the Midwife, Jennifer Worth tells the true stories of the people she met. There's Oeggy and Frank, who were separated in the workhouse when their parents died - until Frank's strength and determination enabled him to make a home for them both. Jane was a bright, lively child, whose spirit was broken by cruelty, until she found kindness and love later in life. Then there is the matchmaking nun, Sister Julienne, and Sister Monica Joan, who ends up in the High Court . . .

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