Book Giveaway: Call The Midwife

CallTheMidwife CallThe MidwifeCompanion

I am delighted to be able to offer one lucky U.S. reader of my blog the chance to win both Call the Midwife: Shadows of the Workhouse by Jennifer Worth (Ecco, January 2013) and the television companion The Life and Times of Call the Midlife.

Call the Midwife: Shadows of the Workhouse has been published for the first time in the US and  is the continuation of Jennifer Worth’s #1 UK bestselling memoir trilogy, and the basis for the popular BBC and PBS series, “Call the Midwife”. This enduring work of literary nonfiction is at once a warm-hearted coming of age story and a startling look at women’s lives in the poorest section of postwar London. Ecco will be publishing the third book in the series, Midwife: Farwell to the East End, in March 2013.

ABOUT the Television Companion

  • Season 1 of “Call the Midwife” has already run in the UK and it was higher-rated than “Downton Abbey.”  In fact, it is the highest-rated new BBC drama ever in their history. Season 2 airs in the UK January 2013.
  • PBS bought “Downton Abbey” and is just as excited about “Call the Midwife.”  They will premiere the first episode on Sunday, September 30 at 8:00 p.m. PBS has already signed up Seasons 2 and 3 of “Call the Midwife.”‘
  • The book is the authorized TV companion and is being put together by Harper UK (who published the bestselling Downton Abbey companion) and the book’s writer is the actual screenwriter for the series.

ABOUT Call The Midlife: Shadows of the Workhouse

From the Publisher:

In the 1950’s, twenty-two year old Jennifer Worth left her comfortable middle class life to work as a midwife in the East End, the direst section of postwar London. During her time there as a midwife she not only delivered hundreds of babies and touched many lives, she became its most vivid chronicler.

When Worth became a midwife, working with the Nonnatus nuns in the East End of London, she joined a community whose lives had often been touched by the shadow of the workhouse, a persistent Victorian institution in which the poor adults and children alike lived like prisoners. Worth tells the true stories of the people whose lives had been warped by such places. There is the story of Peggy and Frank whose parents both died within six months of each other leaving them as destitute children; the story of 7-year-old Jane whose bubbly spirit was broken by the cruelty of the master of the workhouse; and the story of Mr. Collett, a Boer War veteran, who lost his family in the two world wars and ended up in a relic of the workhouse system. As in Worth’s other books, what shines through in these portrayals of triumph over tragedy is the unbreakable resilience of the human spirit.


With deep professional knowledge of midwifery and an unerring eye for the details of life in the London slums of the Nineteen Fifties Jennifer Worth has painted a stunningly vivid picture of an era now passed. – Patrick Taylor, MD, author of the New York Times bestseller An Irish Country Doctor

Readers will fall in love with Call the Midwife. . . an affirmation of life during the best and worst of times.”   — Elizabeth Brundage, author of The Doctor’s Wife

Jennifer WorthJennifer Worth trained as a nurse at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, and was later ward sister at the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital in London, then the Marie Curie Hospital, also in London. Music had always been her passion, and in 1973 she left nursing in order to study music intensively, teaching piano and singing for about twenty-five years. Jennifer died in May 2011 after a short illness, leaving her husband Philip, two daughters, and three grandchildren. Her books have all been bestsellers in England.


  • Contest is open from January 30, 2013 through February 7th at 5:00 pm PST.
  • Contest is open only for those living in the continental United States.
  • Prize pack is two books which will be mailed to the winner by the publisher.
  • One winner will be selected randomly at the close of the contest and their name will be announced here on my blog (I will also contact them by email to confirm their mailing address).
  • One entry per person.
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  1. wonderful prize ,I brought these for my wife we both love the tv show so heart breaking at times ,all the best stu

    • zibilee on January 30, 2013 at 15:33

    I just finished this one, and loved it!! I listened to the audio version, and the narration, combined with the story was excellent, and my favorite listen of this year so far. I wish your entrants a lot of luck. It is an incredible book, and now I can’t wait to watch the television series!

    • Ali on January 30, 2013 at 22:02

    I think I’m the only one of my friends who hasn’t gotten hooked on the TV show. I’m resisting both Call the Midwife and Downton Abbey. Such a rebel!

  2. Yes – it is far better than Downton Abbey (that I don’t watch any more) I’m sure you’ll love it! Enjoy!

  3. Thank you for hosting the giveaway!!!! I’m midwife-crazy!

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