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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This sequel to Call The Midwife was just as fascinating and touching as the 1st book. 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. Jul 01, Ana rated it liked it Shelves: Retrieved from ” http: The very fact that we use those words carted off implies an inescapable fate. There is so much wit, wisdom, and jehnifer in this book that I’m sure I will be rereading in the future.

Retrieved from ” https: Three people who spent their childhoods in the workhouse and were close to each other as adults; year-old Sister Monica Jean, tue seems to have a shoplifting habit; and a lonely elderly man who tells her his life history.

She also does an excellent job from a Sociology major’s point of view jennifeg showing the pros and cons of urban renewal and its effects on communities.

Shadows Of The Workhouse : The Drama Of Life In Postwar London

She worked and lived in a convent of nursing nuns and writes both of her patients in the community and their colourful, if difficult lives, and the nuns she lives with. Shadows of The Workhouse, by Jennifer Worth.

There were also good stories about British army life in the early s. Contact the Imperial War Museum in London. But it did have a ring of finality about it, a fate every bit as terminal as a revolution tumbrel.


Reportedly, she had been conceived as the result of an affair between her mother and a man of high social standing. One of the nuns engaged in a bit of matchmaking and Jane married a kind man… a reverend. I read Worth’s first memoir several years ago and I enjoyed it far more, and the reason is simple: The change in her was staggering and depressing but it was inevitable after the appalling way she was beaten and tortured.

While the original Poor Law was outlawed in the s, workhouses continued, simply being renamed not rebuilt for respectability according to the author. The Jane that Jennifer Worth met never spoke above a whisper and moved about as if she were expecting someone to strike her. Once again, I’m astounded that this is a time within living memory and not some distant century; my mother would have been a young girl then. Once again, I experienced an entire gamut of emotions — sobbing in some parts and laughing in others.

I loved this memoir just as much as the first installment if not more. I loved the cockney witness and the confused judge, their exchange was hilarious. No-one was ever carted to the workhouse.

Many are being forced from their homes and losing communities they love to financial bureaucratic maneuvering, unable to find work, becoming impoverished and worse, physically disabled, as they grow older. The stories she tells are interesting and sobering in light of the cruel and ignorant statements I see today about those who, for a variety of reasons, cannot make the transition to the economy of the 21st century.

In Shadows she shares some of their life stories with us. Cancel reply Enter your comment here I couldn’t help but feel such sadness at the thought of each new child fighting his jennjfer into a tye full of such squalor and desperation. Jun 21, Susan Hirtz rated it it was amazing Shelves: Pictures of grimy people in s unable to fend for themselves, ending up destitute and scared and carted off to the workhouse.


Jane stood out from the beginning. Jennifer Worth rightly does not judge them; she achieves so very much more in her deft and honest telling of their, and her, experiences. May 15, E.

Shadows of the Workhouse by Jennifer Worth

The Best Books of How this medieval hell of beatings and sack cloth exists within living memory”. She is let off with a warning, but then Jennifer finds stolen jewels from Hatton Garden in the nun’s room. Follow me on Twitter My Tweets. Jennifer Worth rat This is a charming book. I was shocked to learn that hundreds of thousands of Boer women and children were killed at the end of that war as a “solution”. Eventually she did go into hospital, but she was so terrified and distraught – even though the hospital was very nice – that in the end we had to arrange for her to come and spend her last days in our home with nurses coming in several times a day, and only then did she calm down.

Often short lives, too. The night I finished it, wee into the morning hours, my stifled sobs startled my husband. I doubt meek Jane confided in her about things she thought were humiliating and best forgotten. View all 5 comments. We start with Jane who is neither nun, nor domestic, nor nurse… but a mixture of all. Those children that survived and made it out never recovered from the effects thereafter.

The mere threat of it was enough to have his mother working every second she was granted to keep the rent paid in the squalid tenement they called home. To find out jennifef, including how to control cookies, see here: This discipline was a beating and each time it happened, the beatings became more vicious.