Call the Midwife - Jennifer Worth

Call the Midwife

By Jennifer Worth

  • Release Date: 2009-04-07
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 399 Ratings

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The highest-rated drama in BBC history, Call the Midwife will delight fans of Downton Abbey

Viewers everywhere have fallen in love with this candid look at post-war London. In the 1950s, twenty-two-year-old Jenny Lee leaves her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in London's East End slums. While delivering babies all over the city, Jenny encounters a colorful cast of women—from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lives, to the woman with twenty-four children who can't speak English, to the prostitutes of the city's seedier side.

An unfortgettable story of motherhood, the bravery of a community, and the strength of remarkable and inspiring women, Call the Midwife is the true story behind the beloved PBS series, which will soon return for its sixth season.


  • Interesting ... but would like more character development

    By laura1961
    I feel that the characters, especially the protagonist, lacked any real depth. It read somewhat superficially.
  • Love!

    By That's Miss Jessica
    This book makes it so easy to fall in love with each character! I can't wait to watch the series now that the books are finished.
  • Well written but disjointed

    By Kkmade
    Though there were several memorable story lines and interesting characters, the chapters seemed to jump around making it difficult to stay engaged. I found some parts very dull and and others fascinating. The use of the cockney dialect throughout, made it hard to read & understand at times. I enjoyed learning about English midwifery in the '50s, and am now curious to check out the series.
  • Very good read and educational

    By barbie sue
    This was a very interesting book about East London in the 1950s, the midwives and their patients. Housing conditions were deplorable in this part of London during these times. It was interesting to learn about how midwifery got started too. The characters are very well developed and details about the births and living conditions, although sometimes gory, were Well told and interesting. I want more about the main character! I'm glad to hear there's other books by this author and it's interesting that this is based on her actual life.
  • Very compelling

    By MrsCyndiB
    This is an incredibly interesting story and subject matter. The writer makes the individual's come alive. Some of it was so emotional that I had to take breaks from it. Would like it more if there were more follow up on the introduced characters.
  • Great read

    By msoqhc
    Love the TV show and now the book. I was sorry when I finished it. The way the author draws you in to the lives of the Nuns and the Midwives is masterful. I felt like I could actually see what she was describing . I just found it fascinating and the subject was unlike any other book I have read. I Want more!