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W&N Non-Fiction HB October £18.99 320pp 978 0 297 86908 5 ebook: £18.99 978 0 297 86909 2

A wonderful insight into the life of an East End midwife through the correspondence of Call the Midwife’s Jenny Lee

JENNIFER WORTH Letters to the Midwife Memories and stories from those who were inspired by the bestselling Call the Midwife books, plus unseen letters and photos of Jennifer herself. Includes an introduction by Jennifer’s family. Jennifer Worth’s bestselling Call the Midwife books touched so many readers that she received numerous letters from fans, not only telling her how much they enjoyed the books but also recounting their experiences of the characters from the books, and the area in which they were set. Many were from midwives recounting similar experiences to those featured in Jennifer’s memoirs. Jennifer was a prolific letter-writer and this book contains many never-before-seen letters to Jennifer, including instructions for the missionary career path she eventually chose not to follow, letters to her children from the nuns of Nonnatus House and unseen pictures from the family archive. • Jennifer Worth’s books have sold over

2.5 million copies in the UK alone. • The hugely successful BBC adaptation stars Jessica

Raine, Miranda Hart and Jenny Agutter. The first series premiered in January 2012 attracting an average 10 million viewers. The second series is the highest-rated show on any channel so far in 2013. Jennifer 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, 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.

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W&N Non-Fiction • October 2013