As a fan of British drama, the Public Broadcasting System’s replaying of “Call the Midwife” in preparation for the new season, inspired me to read Jennifer Worth’s well-written memoir of the twenty-two year old British nurse from a privileged background who challenges herself serving as midwife to the poor and underprivileged in London’s 1950’s East End. A friendly librarian lent me her paperback copy, and reading the book has added so much to my viewing.
Meeting Chummy, Sister Julienne, Trixie, Cynthia, and Jennifer again – but for the first time in print – as well as all those pregnant women – has me appreciating their heroism and grit even more. If you’ve followed the series on television or video, the book is an added pleasure, and reading it won’t spoil the plot of new episodes.
I didn’t know there was a book, but I love the show. If my TBR list wasn’t so long, I’d plan to read the memoir but, realistically, I know I’ll have to settle for simply viewing the excellent series.
Short book, easy to read – but I know what you mean. My library list is just coming off “hold” from my trip, so I had a window.