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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Jennifer Worth rat This is a charming book.

I am now looking forward to reading the last in Jennifer Worth’s trilogy “Farewell to the East End” to complete the set. And Sister Monica Joan, the eccentric ninety-year-old nun, is accused of shoplifting some small items from the local market.

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

Learned more about the workhouse system and Sister Monica Joan. These stories give a fascinating insight into the resilience and woth that enabled ordinary people to overcome their difficulties.

I stayed up far too late past my bedtime to finish it! Jennifer Worth rightly does not judge them; she achieves so very much more in her deft and honest telling of their, and her, experiences. This is a poignant and heart-wrenching memoir of frighteningly rapid social change c. This book centers on the workhouse, a Victorian solution to the poor and homeless situation that crept up soon after the Industrial Revolution.

However, what altered my opinion and gave it the extra star was the lengthy account of Mr Collett’s life in the final chapters. We cannot picture relentless cold with little heating, no adequate clothing or warm bedding, and insufficient food. I seriously love curling up with the stories of the midwives.

But it did have a ring of finality about it, a fate every bit as terminal as a revolution tumbrel. But workhousee we condemn the workhouses as an example of 19th-century exploitation and hypocrisy we must remember that the mores of the time were completely different from the standards of today.


Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of I feel like this is such important reading, because it’s so easy to forget how recently these institutions loomed large in the minds of folks living in poverty. I also enjoyed the first book by Jennifer Worth — strangely enough, called Call the Midwife. It makes this book rather more dark than the first one, although Worth does try to give a balanced account and highlight some of the positive aspects, such as they are; nevertheless, it is a bleak picture.

There were also good stories about British army life in the early s. This sequel to Call The Midwife was or as fascinating and touching as the 1st book.

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Jane had grown up in the workhouse. At the beginning, she recreates the early lives of three people she has known whose early lives were spent in the Poplar workhouse – Jane, the illegitimate child of and affair between her mother a servant and her employer, and brother and sister Frank and Peggy whose parents both died within six months of each other.

The stories she tells are interesting and sobering in light of the cruel and shadowd statements I see today about jenniffr who, for a variety of reasons, cannot make the transition to the economy of the 21st century. Contact the Imperial War Museum in London. This book is unfortunately problematic. While the story of Sister Monica Joan is interesting in and of itself, the main worth of this central section is the light it sheds on the day-to-day life of the nuns and the nurses who chose to work with them.

Jane began sharing her fantasy with other girls at the workhouse.

Shadows of the Workhouse

I loved the cockney witness and the confused judge, their exchange was hilarious. The first section, dealing most specifically with the children of the workhouse, was horrifying and heartbreaking to read. A deeply eye-opening and very emotionally moving book. 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 shadoss.


Three people who spent their childhoods in the workhouse and were close to each oth Jennifer Worth worked as a midwife and nurse with an order of nuns in the s. Notify me of new comments via email.

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Poverty was frankly regarded as a moral defect……” There were many moving stories in this book but the story Ms. The kind-hearted, courageous man was obviously xhadows enormous influence on Worth, and I so enjoyed reading her memories of him, the stories he shared, and watching their friendship grow. Lee was hired as a staff nurse at the London Hospital in Whitechapel in the early s. Jun 23, Dawn rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Thanks for stopping by. When I started reading this one I really wasn’t sure about it.

It upset me, especially the final weeks of his life, evicted from his home in Alberta Buildings one of the condemned tenement blocks and subsequent neglect in St Marks, the former Mile End workhouse. I even wrote down notes while I was reading! Really liked this book as it goes into more detail on things that happen in the BBC series which is my TV workhousee of all time.