Shadows of the Workhouse by Jennifer Worth

About the book

In this follow up to CALL THE MIDWIFE, Jennifer Worth, a midwife working in the docklands area of East London in the 1950s tells more stories about the people she encountered.

There’s Jane, who cleaned and generally helped out at Nonnatus House – she was taken to the workhouse as a baby and was allegedly the illegitimate daughter of an aristocrat. Peggy and Frank’s parents both died within 6 months of each other and the children were left destitute. At the time, there was no other option for them but the workhouse.

The Reverend Thornton-Appleby-Thorton, a missionary in Africa, visits the Nonnatus nuns and Sister Julienne acts as matchmaker. And Sister Monica Joan, the eccentric ninety-year-old nun, is accused of shoplifting some small items from the local market. She is let off with a warning, but then Jennifer finds stolen jewels from Hatton Garden in the nun’s room. These stories give a fascinating insight into the resilience and spirit that enabled ordinary people to overcome their difficulties.

Reviewed by Andover HIP

Story flows well. Everyone enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone

star rating ****

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2 thoughts on “Shadows of the Workhouse by Jennifer Worth”

  1. Reviewed by Museum

    “On the whole we found it an enjoyable read. The social history background was interesting and detailed One possible caveat lies in doubt whether, considering the subject matter, we should have found it so enjoyable”

    star rating ***


  2. Reviewed by Parish Pump

    “This was an easy read. We didn’t think it a particularly good book – rather disjointed. However there were some interesting facts about the workhouse”

    star rating ***


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