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Farewell to the East End

Worth, Jennifer

(Audiobook CD - 2014)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Farewell to the East End
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Leaving a middle-class childhood to become a midwife in London's poor East End, Jennifer Worth not only delivered babies, she touched numerous lives and recounted with depth the heartrending story of a neighborhood in transition. Here, at last, is the full story of Chummy's delightful courtship and wedding. We also meet Megan'mave, identical twins who share a browbeaten husband, and return to Sister Monica Joan, who is in top eccentric form.
Publisher: [United States] : Highbridge Audio, 2014.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781622313471
Characteristics: 10 sound discs (645 min.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Barber, Nicola

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I have watched the three seasons of Call the Midwife and I'm currently listening to Farewell to the East End. I cannot get enough. I love the true stories of women helping women to give birth and the variety of birth situations. I am also very happy to hear such a positive, nurturing description of the role of sisters living and working in a religious order.

Feb 24, 2014
  • Fionaenzo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Beautifully written - can't believe this memoir has not received greater recognition. I loved the television series but the audio book has historical issues referenced as to women's health, lack of control over their own bodies (sound similar to today's politics?), endangerment, etc.
The narrator has a very sweet voice - which is "almost" incongruous with some of the historical facts but it is actually refreshing and inspires hope. Perfect balance of historical realities, harrowing contexts and character descriptions. Midwives were/are amazing professionals. Loved it!

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