A look at the lives of our ancestors
'Call the Midwife' by Jennifer Worth
The first book is “Call the Midwife” by Jennifer Worth, that Gloria mentioned.
I have just started reading this book that tells the story of the people in the East End, like the old Laindoners and my great grandad, who also worked at the Bromley Gas Works. They are doing a series starting Jan 15th BBC1 based on her books called worth a look I would think.
I read the book ‘Call the Midwife’ by Jennifer Worth a couple of years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it – couldn’t put it down in fact.
I have just started reading Jennifer Worth’s second book “Shadows of the Workhouse”. It’s based in East London where our families came from. I have only read the first chapter so far but it is just as well written and descriptive, full of great characters and stories as her first book. I started researching my family history in 2001 and have discovered an amazing amount of stuff. I was soon hooked on it and haven’t finished yet as I still have one or two mysteries to unravel.
Nina I have just started to read Jennifer Worth so far so good, the saga was bought for me for Christmas by my Grandaughter the third one after “Shadows of the Workhouse” is “Farewell to the East End”. I would think it was a bit like the conditions experienced in Laindon with our plotland homes, like the slums, leaving a lot to be desired by today’s standards. The people that lived in them had a passion for them and the life around them, all for one and one for all attitude, meant you got on with it and did the best for your family, but helped pick up the pieces of those around you who were suffering through no fault of their own.