This final book in Jennifer Worth's memories of her time as a midwife in London's East end brings her story full circle. As always there are ...Show synopsisThis final book in Jennifer Worth's memories of her time as a midwife in London's East end brings her story full circle. As always there are heartbreaking stories such as the family devastated by tuberculosis and a ship's woman who 'serviced' the entire crew, as well as plenty of humour and warmth such as the tale of Megan'mave, two women who shared the same husband! Other stories cover backstreet abortions, the changing life of the docklands, infanticide, as well as the lives of the inhabitants of Nonnatus House. We discover what happens with the gauche debutant Chummy and her equally gauche policeman; will Sister Monica Joan continue her life of crime?; will Sister Evangelina ever crack a smile? And what of Jennifer herself? The book not only details the final years of the tenements that but also of Jennifer's journey as she moves on from the close community of nuns, and her life takes a new path.Hide synopsis
This is the last of the three memoirs. In each, Worth manages to recreate a long gone world, the East End in the late 1950s. Worth shows it all, the good, the bad, and the ugly, with warmth and kindness. The nuns were extraordinary people. I wish I could have known them, and especially enjoyed her portrait of Sister Monica Joan. The TV series is very good, but the memoirs do a better job of showing Worth's growing maturity and love. The books are clear and realistic, too, showing true kindness without sentimentality.
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