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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The kind-hearted, wormhouse 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.

This book also contains searing political commentary, accurate historical information, the joys and terror of birth and families, and the best and I loved this memoir just as much worohouse the first installment if not more.

Overall an interesting read but with not a huge amount of wo This book is split into three parts, the first being about three people jnenifer had spent their time in workhouses and how it affected their lives.

Shadows of the Workhouse by Jennifer Worth

Interestingly my own mother-in-law, who died in aged 82, was petrified of going into hospital because she associated with the Workhouse. As much as I believe her general representation of the era, I admit that her writing style here made me raise a cynical eyebrow far too often for This book is unfortunately problematic. In this book, she revisits the setting and many of the same people. Thousands oof our cities cannot find adequate housing.

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Does she do a better job than Dickens? Despite everything, hope periodically shines through; both man and woman struggle largely through maintaing their pride to somehow make the best of the lot that birth has cast to them.

The Old Soldier never suffered the true horrors of the workhouse. There was just a throwaway sentence here and there about Jenny’s midwife duties and that was it. Preview — Shadows of the Workhouse by Jennifer Worth.

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. Jenny was wonderful to visit him and strike up a friendship, but even that at the end wasn’t enough when he was forced to move from his home to live in a miserable old people institution.


Worth relates a number of heartbreaking stories of people she met who had been housed in these workhouses; and it was clear that if you had the misfortune of entering these institutions as a child, you would come out of the experience forever changed and sometimes irreparably broken.

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The jennifsr part was about an elderly gentleman that the author treated which was an interesting story and he reminded me of my father-in-law. I expected more of the same from Volume 2 as I eagerly started reading. I had heard of London’s workhouses, but had never read anything about them.

Categories Fiction Non-fiction Children’s books Authors. Three people who spent their childhoods in the workhouse and were close to each other as adults; year-old Sister Monica Jean, who seems to have a shoplifting habit; and a lonely elderly man who tells her his life history.

Shadows of the Workhouse

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. The stories of her patients, several of them told in detail, are affectionate, non-judgemental vignettes of those who survived harsh times conventionally and otherwise and whose hard-come-by happiness you will rejoice in as you read this book.

By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. This book is unfortunately problematic. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Jennifer died in May after a short illness, leaving her husband Philip, two daughters and three grandchildren. She was mischievous and fiercely intelligent with a huge, bright spirit.

The work was carried out in an area that still bore the scars of war on the ground and in the minds of its inhabitants. Shadows of the Workhouse is a book by British author Jennifer Worth Jul 26, Kingfan30 rated it liked it Shelves: Refresh and suadows again.


All of the workhouse stories in this book were horrible: I had read Volume 1 which I had really enjoyed and of course had watched the tv show. The whole is woven together seemingly without emotion, and yet provoking it. However, in continuing to thoroughly enjoy the jfnnifer, I soon forgave her this.

Considering British class discrimination, this is unsurprising but painful, emotionally excruciating and deeply disgusting. After the second season of the show ended, I was eager for more tales of Jenny, Cynthia, Chummy, Trixie and the nuns.

Mar 25, Sabina rated it really liked it Shelves: They walked in or crawled. The living conditions and treatment of people were horrific, especially when it came to the children. 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 I am still trying to comprehend the pain he suffered. I loved her previous book, The Midwife. Worth tells the actual story of East London Cockneys: 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.

I stayed up far too late past my bedtime to finish it! I highly recommend this series. And as another reviewer pointed out, this one just didn’t feel as tr I thoroughly enjoyed “Call the Midwife” and started this follow up to it with great expectations.

Jennifer Worth rightly does not judge them; she achieves so very much more in her deft and honest telling of their, and her, experiences.