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