Farewell to the East End (Paperback)

Jennifer Worth


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 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 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 but also of Jennifer's journey as she moves on from the close community of nuns, and her life takes a new path.

Product Details

  • Product code: AAIGF
  • ISBN: 9780753823064
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dimensions: 19.7cm x 13.1cm
  • Pages: 344
  • Publish date: 15/10/2009

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I was there -

An interesting read but I wonder if time has played tricks on JW's memory. I was born in Poplar in 1950 and lived there until 1968. Never did I ever hear 'th' at the beginning of a word pronounced as 'v' - was this an incorrect application of the 'change all spellings' function on a Word document? I went through Chrisp St Market every day on my way to nursery/school from Sept 1953 and I never saw or heard Meg and Mave and when I spoke to my aunt, 16 years my senior, she didn't have a clue about them either. My mother attended ante-natal clinic with the nuns represented in the story, and she had to take my brother and me with her - from what I remember, its location with relevance to East India Dock Rd was different from that described in the book, although I may be wrong. My family was certainly not wealthy but neither were we 'common', illiterate, innumerate or afraid of the police or hospitals.

Anne OD , 29/12/2012

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