Call The Midwife and Other Books by Jenny (Lee) Worth

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Call The Midwife and Other Books by Jenny (Lee) Worth

Postby maz » December 31st, 2012, 1:47 pm

If you have enjoyed the Call the Midwife series on BBC TV you will enjoy the Call The Midwife books that it is based on. I commend the programme makers for sticking, quite accurately, to the books which are fact based. But they cannot possibly give all the detail found in the books, and reading them fills in some necessary detail, (and they are very well written indeed).
(e.g. the brother/sister 'incest' storyline - a person on an American site castigated a Christian blog writer for praising the TV series because of that storyline, but if she had read all the detail,* covering their childhood years in the workhouse and before, and what happened afterwards, she may have understood the unusual circumstances, which were also tremendously sad, brave, poignant, horrific and, understandable).
*in book 2 'Shadows of the Workhouse.'

Book 1 http://www.amazon.co.uk/Call-The-Midwif ... 362&sr=8-2

Book 2 http://www.amazon.co.uk/Shadows-Of-The- ... gy_b_img_y

Book 3 http://www.amazon.co.uk/Farewell-To-The ... gy_b_img_y


I would like to recommend her final book too, (finished not long before her death in 2011), entitled 'In The Midst of Life' which is very compassionate and thought provoking regarding 'good' and 'bad' deaths in hospital and elsewhere, and human intervention etc - asking if science goes too far (based on her work in palliative care - which she did after midwifery
http://www.amazon.co.uk/In-Midst-Life-J ... gy_b_img_z
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Re: Call The Midwife and Other Books by Jenny (Lee) Worth

Postby maz » April 21st, 2015, 5:25 pm

hmmm

well, I reiterate my recommendation of
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Shadows-Of-The- ... gy_b_img_y
for recent (more recent than we might think), history which has practical implications and relevance to 'modern times.'
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Re: Call The Midwife and Other Books by Jenny (Lee) Worth

Postby Sprocket » April 21st, 2015, 9:32 pm

Probably not the sort of books I'd normally read, but I do enjoy the telly series, soppy though it is. It does at least not give everyone a happy ending, so it's realistic. Vanessa Redgrave's voice-overs at the beginning as old Jenny are getting increasingly incongruous, given that young Jenny left the series some time ago.
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Re: Call The Midwife and Other Books by Jenny (Lee) Worth

Postby maz » April 26th, 2015, 8:55 am

yes, I do know what you mean...

The real Jenny Lee Worth sadly died in 2011 of cancer herself, (poignant as when she left 'Nonnatus House' - not it's real name - which relocated to Handsworth in B'ham by the way - unlike what the TV series is showing by keeping it in London, she went to work in palliative care, which led to her writing the excellent book, 'In The Midst of Life').
Sadly she died before the first series made it to TV (I think it was in production) - her daughters thought she might have loved it.
I miss 'Jenny' in the TV prog., as I thought she was a very good actress, more understated than Miranda Hart who many seem to highly regard. She is a fairly good actress but I liked the depth in Jenny (Jessica Raine).
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Re: Call The Midwife and Other Books by Jenny (Lee) Worth

Postby Sprocket » April 26th, 2015, 9:02 am

I love Miranda, but she doesn't do understated! Difficult when you're six feet two, I suppose.
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Re: Call The Midwife and Other Books by Jenny (Lee) Worth

Postby maz » April 26th, 2015, 9:25 am

:mrgreen: didn't think of it like that, but quite true
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Re: Call The Midwife and Other Books by Jenny (Lee) Worth

Postby Lyn » April 29th, 2015, 12:20 pm

I loved the books 'Call the Midwife' and 'Shadows of the Workhouse' on which the TV series was based. I haven't read anything else by Jenny Lee Worth but, like you Maz, definitely recommend what I have read.
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