Book Review ‘The Life and Times of Call the Midwife’, Heidi Thomas

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With Foreword by Jenny Agutter, this book details the stories and secrets behind BBC television’s most-loved show.

The Life and Times of Call the Midwife takes you behind the scenes of the small-screen sensation that has brought to life Jennifer Worth’s experiences as a midwife among the slums and buzzing dockyards of London’s East End in the Fifties.

Find out how Fifties fashions, make-up and homes were flawlessly recreated. Discover the hidden secrets of the nurses and nuns of Nonnatus House and what flavour cake ruled in the kitchen when war-time rationing finally came to an end. Immerse yourself in a world that’s been fondly revived to celebrate a glimpse of history that, like today, has childbirth at its heart.
Published by:  Collins, October 2012
Reviewed by: Sally Keeling

This companion book to the series on BBC1 ‘ Call the Midwife is a nostalgic journey and an insight into the character and life of Jennifer Worth who lived and worked as a midwife in the East End of London in the 1950’s.

Each of the main characters from the very popular series are profiled and the forward is written by Jenny Agutter OBE. Heidi Thomas , whose work includes ,Cranford ,and Upstairs and Downstairs, writes an enlightening diary throughout the book , including her own working relationship and friendship with Jennifer Worth.

The book is full of the most wonderful atmospheric  photographs taken from the series, and you find yourself looking at them over and over to enjoy all the authentic 1950’s memorabilia.

This book appeals on so many levels;  if you are a fan of the series you will adore the many coloured illustrations and the profiles and the insight into Jennifer Worth and her life as a midwife.  If you have not seen the series, but have an interest in the 50’s era, there is a wealth of information, including recipes such as Hot Goblins famous Scotch eggs!

The publication is of high quality and would make a great present, or if you are buying it for yourself , you will find  yourself dipping into it again and again to look at the photographs and go back in time.




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