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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Shadows of the Workhouse by Jennifer Worth – Sam Still Reading

This book is non-fiction but as rewarding a read as any novel I have ever read and I would definitely put it in my top reads category. This is a good passage from the epilogue: Overall an interesting read but with not a huge amount of workhouse details, I guess thats where the shadow comes from in the title! It was also a time of growing awareness of the divide between the rich and the poor, and of a social conscience.

Follow Blog via Email Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Do have to agree with some of the others in that it wasn’t as good as her first in this series.

Shadows of the Workhouse

The stories of her patients, several of them told worrkhouse detail, are affectionate, non-judgemental vignettes of those who survived harsh times conventionally and lf and whose hard-come-by sorth you will rejoice in as you read this book. Contact the Imperial War Museum in London. I liked the way the author gives a balanced presentation about workhouses – that the theory behind them was good, and that in some ways this system under good Masters did serve a social purpose, and I liked the ending of the book which recorded how one woman said the workhouse had been her life-line.

You can read more book reviews or buy Shadows Of The Workhouse: Retrieved from ” https: These were quite clearly not written from imagination but from a close friendship Jennifer Worth formed with him. This book also contains searing political commentary, accurate historical information, the joys and terror of birth and families, and the best and worst of humanity.


Again poor and squalid, but with a dignity and simplicity of needs… that at the end are utterly disregarded. Yesterday my attention was drawn to a notice that the BBC will broadcast a second series in January I loved the feisty Anglican Nuns – serving shacows poor community, seeing life in all its harsh crude reality, with wisdom and selfless devotion to their calling to bring some degree of social justice for women in the Docklands of London.

Worth succeeds quite well in explaining the reasons behind the emergence of the dreaded workhouses and how, although established through good intentions, they failed abysmally. Worth jenniffer with a simple shadoqs which manages to evoke the time of hearing the stories, and the earlier times in which they occurred. No-one was ever carted to the workhouse.

This sequel to Call The Midwife was just as fascinating and touching as the 1st book.

Really liked this book as it goes into more detail on things that happen in the BBC series which is my TV show of all time. Eventually, the brutal and malicious master beat Jane until she lost consciousness… and consequently, he finally got exactly what he had been wanting.

One of the most depressing and disheartening aspects of the stories was realizing the impact it had on the residents of these communities when the workhouses were repurposed as hospitals, asylums, and nursing homes. Can anyone put me right on this? Looking for beautiful books? Want to Read saving…. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. I was glad she got a happy ending of sorts. Eventually she did go into hospital, but she was so terrified and distraught – even though the hospital was very nice – that in the end I love this author – she writes so redemptively.

She was obviously a compassionate nurse who cared deeply about her patients and the people she encountered, but she was a historian who wanted the reader to understand the reasons why things were the way they were. This page was last edited on 9 Julyat But the best part is that I don’t feel like I’m reading nonfiction, or even a memoir. The first section, dealing most specifically with the children of the workhouse, was horrifying and heartbreaking to read.


This book is split into three parts, the first being about three people who had spent their time in workhouses and how it affected their lives. Even though their story was true, I wasn’t convinced by Jenny writing from their perspective as if she herself had lived through Spoilers This wasn’t quite good as Call the Midwife … I still really liked it but it was missing some of the charm and honesty of the first book. Her books have all been bestsellers. I love this author – she writes so redemptively.

I also learnt possibly why my own father has all his life said many words backwards – a strange habit I never understood, but one which has rubbed off on me – and it is to do with coster language which he maybe picked up from the backstreets in Birmingham where he grew up where either there were Cockney costers, or coster language was similar in other large cities also. It was in the course of this work in Poplar and the Isle of Dogs, work which was as much general District Nursing as it was midwifery, that she met and befriended the people whose stories she shares with us in this book.

I began this book by reading the critics praise of the author, Jennifer Worth.

Generally speaking, memoirs of the religious life show nuns in a somewhat dour, if respectful, light. Inshe received a licentiate of the London College of Music, where she taught piano and singing. They made the biggest mistake in history.

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There are many stories similar to Jane’s story in the second book of this trilogy. Did they really give her this much info during their conversations or did she elaborate on their tales?

Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days If will my order arrive? That did turn out to be a bit of an over-dramatised non-event. These stories are poignant and will bring a tear to your eyes.