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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Once again, Worth recounts the grinding poverty and unimaginable living conditions of the day. I was pissed that they had such a sad and somewhat bittersweet end.

That’s the difficulty, I think, in trying to include other people’s lives in a memoir. And the rent got paid, and somehow they got fed. The second is jennifef the trial of a nun who the author worked with, which I found quite tedious at times. Jennifer Worth was a midwife in London’s East End in the s. I also learnt possibly why my own father has all his life said many workhouze backwards – a strange habit I never understood, but one which has rubbed off on me – and it is to do with coster language which he maybe picked up from the backstreets in Birmingham where he grew up where either there were Cockney costers, or coster language was similar in other large cities also.

Ms Worth relates humorous tales and tales that will absolutely break your heart. Some as young adult, others who had been born there or sent as orphans. 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.

Obviously a lot jennnifer imagination had to go into the recreation of the early shadowd of these three people, but I imagine Shadoes Worth did her research thoroughly into how workhouses were run so, whilst there is a lot of artistic licence in these chapters, the recreations of the experiences cannot be far from the truth. Yesterday my attention was drawn to a notice that the BBC will broadcast a second series in January This sequel to Call The Workhohse was just as fascinating and touching as the 1st book.


Personal tools Log in. Hunger and hardships were expected. Pictures wortn grimy people in s unable to fend for themselves, ending up destitute and scared and carted off to the workhouse. Hardcoverpages. This is particularly prevalent in section one where she quotes employees at the workhouses talking to one another.

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

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 woth and her em Book two of the Call The Midwife trilogy. 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.

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Win a copy of Call the Midwife! At the time, there was no other option for them snadows the workhouse. Shadows of the Workhouse” by Jennifer Worth 1 2 Nov 29, I suppose the intentions in developing the workhouses could have been good ones; but as with many ideas which are based on good intentions, the workhouses turned out to be a horrible, jenniffr experience for those who were corralled inside of them… mothers, fathers and children… all housed separately so they could not even offer each other the smallest comfort.

In ‘Shadows of the Workhouse’, Ms. A quick rundown… The second book from the author of Call the Midwifethis focuses on lives affected by the workhouse in s Poplar. Other owrkhouse in the series.

Shadows of the Workhouse by Jennifer Worth – Sam Still Reading

jennlfer In a fourth volume of memoirs ‘In the Midst of Life’, published inWorth reflects on her later experiences caring for the workhouuse ill. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worrkhouse. Apart from that, many of them had been in the workhouses for so long, subject to the discipline and routine, that they were completely institutionalized, and could not have adjusted to the outside world She seemed to live in a perpetual state of anxiety and she was consumed by her need to be approved of by the sisters of Nonnatus House.


I couldn’t help but feel such sadness at the thought of each new child fighting his way into a life full of such squalor and desperation. The book became a bestseller when it was reissued in It is hard for those of us living in the 21st century to believe that human beings were kept in such brutal conditions just for the “crime” of being poor. It was more inhuman, arrogant jennifrr criminal in its implementation; people were relocated and divided from their healthcare, governance, communities, friends, and places they’d known and loved.

Worth’s writings are simply a treasure.

Shadows of the Workhouse

She fares somewhat better in sections two and three where either she was involved section two or explains when the story was told to her section three. I would also like to mention that Ms. The quality of writing is different – it is more factual, written from her long conversations with him.

I loved the feisty Anglican Nuns – serving the poor community, seeing life in all its harsh crude reality, with wisdom and selfless devotion to their calling to bring some degree of social justice for women in the Docklands of London. This particular book was difficult to read though with the descriptions of workhouse conditions. I jennirer through it and workhuse seems jeninfer she goes back to writing about what she witnesses herself. It was in the course of this work in Poplar and the Isle of Dogs, work which was as much general District Nursing as it was midwifery, that she met and befriended the people whose stories she shares with us in this book.