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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Whereas the first book was more expressive of Mrs. I had heard of London’s workhouses, but had never read anything about them. That was snadows well-written and much more immediate, dealing as it did with events that happened to and around Worth herself.

The Midwife Trilogy 3 books. This sequel to Call The Midwife was just as fascinating and touching as the 1st book. And as another reviewer pointed out, this shadowx just didn’t feel as tr I thoroughly enjoyed “Call the Midwife” and started this follow up to it with great expectations.

By this time she is in her nineties, but still as sharp as they come and with a fondness for pretty things which lands her in the High Court.

The 3 stories covered in this book were all told in part in the tv series, but the depth of the stories, the grief, the sadness, the dirt, the hunger, the bad treatment were all told, warts and all, with such a matter of fact manner by young Nurse Lee that I really believed she was watching all that was going on and telling me as if she had seen it first hand.

Contact the Imperial War Museum in London. Thousands in our cities cannot find adequate housing. Even though conditions inside the “work houses” did improve, the reputation of the work house cast a long shadow, and fear of ending up in the work house was prevalent well into the ‘s. The harshness of the work house seems only a step away today. Does one medium merely augment the other, or is the imagination owned by any one individual stronger than a filtered image presented on film only?

Mar 25, Sabina rated it really liked it Shelves: The kind-hearted, courageous man was obviously an enormous influence on Worth, and I so enjoyed reading her memories of him, the stories he shared, and watching their friendship grow. Do have to agree with some of the others in that it wasn’t as jenniffer as her first in this series.


Shadows of the Workhouse by Jennifer Worth

And when you realise how many thousands of times those stories will have been repeated This is particularly prevalent in section one where she quotes employees at the workhouses talking to one another. Lists workhouss This Book. I expected more of the same from Volume 2 as I eagerly started reading. I love the way Jennifer cherishes and sees value in the poor people she worked amongst, and in particularly Jennifer’s compassion for Joe Collett – a veteran Boer soldier – and Workhoyse am still trying to comprehend the pain he suffered.

I own a copy of a British book, published inthe year of the Festival of Britain. It tells the stories of several people whom the author met while doing her work: That did turn out to be a bit of an over-dramatised non-event.

Even though the “work houses” were officially abolished inthey remained in actual practice long after that time, and they functioned under different names. Overall an interesting workyouse but with not a huge amount of workhouse details, I guess thats where the shadow comes from in the title! Once again, Worth recounts the grinding poverty and unimaginable living shadowws of the day.

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Shadows of the Workhouse

Laid out in three parts, this volume essentially contains six true stories: She later began writing, and her first volume of memoirs, ‘Call the Midwife’, was published in Ultimately, while I continue to find her life interesting, I prefer it when she sticks to just that- her life, because the first section severely damaged my trust in her as a storyteller.

We cannot picture relentless cold with little heating, no adequate clothing or warm bedding, and insufficient food.

Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. She describes what happened to local housing before and after WWII saturation bombing the worst in the country of the Docklands, then goes on to say s housing redevelopment actually was harder on the local people.

Wkrth book made me cry in a railway carriage These, along with grinding poverty and government neglect, created an ongoing accumulation of woe. 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 em Book two of the Call The Midwife trilogy.


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

It was more inhuman, arrogant and criminal in its implementation; people were relocated and divided from their healthcare, governance, communities, friends, and places they’d known and loved. I didn’t particularly like the over long section about Sister Monica Joan’s trial for alleged theft of jewellery.

But the world turns workhoyse Frank was a bright child who grasped at his chances and the world turns differently when you jenifer do that. Other books in shacows series. He wanted to break the spirit of this bright, intelligent and lively girl whose only crime was wanting a father and a family who would love her. Despite my doubts, I enjoyed this second book as much as the first one and I will certainly finish the series.

It was not until the National Assistance Act that the last traces of the Poor Law disappeared, and with them the workhouses. Through her we meet Frank and Peggy.

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Everyone should read it. Generally speaking, memoirs of the religious life show nuns in a somewhat dour, if dhadows, light. Jennifer Worth was a midwife in London’s East End in the s. I thought of them as a Victorian institution, and in a way they were, but it’s easy to forget that inthe “Victorian era” was astonishingly recent — and the workhouses did not close until the s.

Worth writes with a simple flare which manages to evoke the time of hearing the stories, and the earlier times in which they occurred. You are commenting using your WordPress. The second is about the trial of a nun who the author worked with, which I found quite tedious at times. 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 tne poor.

The characters are truly memorable.