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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062270061
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/12/2013
Series: Call the Midwife Series , #3
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 65,036
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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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