W&N Biography & Autobiography HB January £18.99 320pp 978 0 297 86908 5 X
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 Correspondence with the author of Call the Midwife
Also includes previously unpublished photos and journal entries by Jennifer herself, along with a foreword by Miranda Hart and an introduction by Jennifer’s family. When the Call the Midwife series of books became bestsellers, Jennifer Worth received mountains of correspondence – not only praising her books, but also from people who remembered the world they described; life in the East End of London during the late 1940s and early 1950s. Often her books touched her readers and they felt moved to write, or they wanted to share their own memories. A prolific letter writer herself, Jennifer always corresponded and this book includes some fascinating letters she received, including letters about becoming a missionary and the curious list of things she would need! There are also letters and drawings from one of the nuns featured in the Call the Midwife books and other such gems. This volume also includes a previously unpublished memoir Jennifer wrote about her time in Paris. • Jennifer Worth’s books have spent a total of 124 weeks in the bestseller lists and Call the Midwife was a No. 1 bestseller for 17 weeks. Jennifer Worth’s books have all been bestsellers. They have sold over 2.5 million copies in the UK alone and spent a total of 124 weeks in the Top 10. The hugely successful BBC adaptation of Call the Midwife starring Jessica Raine, Miranda Hart and Jenny Agutter premiered in January 2012, attracting an average of 10 million viewers. Jennifer died in May 2011 after a short illness, leaving her husband Philip, two daughters and three grandchildren.
Jennifer Worth’s family is available for interview.
Non-Fiction/Autobiography • January 2014