Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End

Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End

by Jennifer Worth

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The last book in the trilogy begun by Jennifer Worth's New York Times bestseller and the basis for the PBS series Call the Midwife

When twenty-two-year-old Jennifer Worth, from a comfortable middle-class upbringing, went to work as a midwife in the poorest section of postwar London, she not only delivered hundreds of babies and touched many lives, she also became the neighborhood's most vivid chronicler. Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End is the last book in Worth's memoir trilogy, which the Times Literary Supplement described as "powerful stories with sweet charm and controlled outrage" in the face of dire circumstances.

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. As in Worth's first two books, Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times and Call the Midwife: Shadows of the Workhouse, the vividly portrayed denizens of a postwar East End contend with the trials of extreme poverty—unsanitary conditions, hunger, and disease—and find surprising ways to thrive in their tightly knit community.

A rich portrait of a bygone era of comradeship and midwifery populated by unforgettable characters, Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End will appeal to readers of Frank McCourt, Katherine Boo, and James Herriot, as well as to the fans of the acclaimed PBS show based on the trilogy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062270078
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/12/2013
Series: Call the Midwife Series , #3
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 10,018
File size: 952 KB

About the Author

Jennifer Worth trained as a nurse at the Royal Berk-shire Hospital in Reading, and was later ward sister at the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital in London, then the Marie Curie Hospital, also in London. Music had always been her passion, and in 1973 she left nursing in order to study music intensively, teaching piano and singing for about twenty-five years. Jennifer died in May 2011 after a short illness, leaving her husband, Philip; two daughters; and three grandchildren. Her books have all been bestsellers in England.

Table of Contents

'Youth's a Stuff Will Not Endure' 1

Three Men Went into a Restaurant… 4

Trust a Sailor 18

Cynthia 38

Lost Babies 48

Soot 56

Nancy 64

Megan' mave 73

Meg the Gipsy 85

Mave the Mother 97

Madonna of the Pavement 116

The Fight 133

The Master's Arms 140

Tuberculosis 153

The Master 162

The Mistress 177

The Angels 187

Too Many Children 201

The Abortionist 210

Back-Street Abortions 219

Stranger than Fiction 225

The Captain's Daughter 236

On the Shelf 269

The Wedding 282

Taxi! 294

Adieu 304

Farewell to the East End 312

Glossary of obstetric terms 315

Bibliography 321

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Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
deserthackberry More than 1 year ago
I thought I knew my history until I read these books. The PBS shows were good, but the books are much more intense. I'm glad Ms Worth was able to record not only her own memories, but those of her elders, so that we never forget how badly the poor, particularly women and children, were once abused by their employers and their governments in the "developed" world. Hopefully, never again.
shelumi More than 1 year ago
I read all 3 of these books and totally enjoyed each of them. If you are a fan of the series or even if you haven't seen the series these are fascinating stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish I had more books to read by Jennifer Worth. Engaging, informative, funny at times, and well worth reading and buying. A++++ job.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very interesting. It was so much more than stories about midwives delivering babies. I learned a lot about post war living conditions in London. The author also made it easy to feel like I knew the people she described.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book with a great picture of life as it was in the late 50's and 60's. Yes, I was a young nurse at that time and this book puts it all so clearly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am an elderly retired woman physician who served many low income families. Jennifer Worth reported the work and call of women who have served in this fashion. I thoroughly injoyed the book. I hope to read more such books.
jmmbd More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book. It was so good I wish there was a fourth book. I will really miss the midwives and the people of East End London.
glorybe33 More than 1 year ago
now have all three - the PBS program is true to her memoirs; have enjoyed reading them, half-way through second and not at all disappointed. Eager for next season of the TV program. As above, get them read them you will not be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reading the words brings such an imagary of the life these midwives lived. The author makes me feel as if I am there with them, in a different place and time. The midwives compassion and adventure truly captures how I feel we as humans were constructed to live, changing the lives of others while we are living to the fullest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the "Call the Midwife" books and I also watch the show of PBS. This book was moving, sad, happy, exciting,informative and enlightening all at the same time. If you like the show you should read this book. It gives more detail into the lives of the Nuns and midwives after they all move on to other parts of their lives.
UtahSnowy More than 1 year ago
The BBC/PBS series follows the book in most cases. Some of the episodes come from the other books in this series. It was delightful to read it in her own words. I wish she had written more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And unpleasant this was a real slum not prettied up for a series. Of course the ob grafics on tv balance it out. Both book and the resulting series are worth reading and watching
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent. We'll written. Realistic. All the scenes unfolded in my mind effortlessly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great ending to the series. Enjoy
ginnyle More than 1 year ago
Her story characters seem so real. I didn't want it to end; the TV story on BBc was enjoyable after reading the books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
seeing how people lived,worked,gave birth and died in such poor areas and under the conditions of the time was inspiring.
cbisct More than 1 year ago
this is a valuable addition to the pbs series
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Easy to read and interesting. Hats off to these women, their service was immeasurable
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whatever time period, whoever's story, Jennifer put you right there. So much heart and soul. Love her books
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Interesting, well written, charming, sad, lovely.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read all 3 and loved them especially Chummy's story which is in this book. I just saw the episode on TV where her mum died and it's nothing like the book. Chummy is such a great character. Loved all the characters, the nuns, and of course the midwives. Great read, old bean, Jennifer Worth!