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Jennifer Worth


Jennifer's books have all been bestsellers and have currently sold close to 3 million copies in the UK alone.


Jennifer Worth grew up in Buckinghamshire and went on to train as a nurse at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading. After her training she moved to London to qualify as a midwife.

In her early 20s she moved to Poplar in the East End to work as a midwife with the nuns of the Anglican Community of St John the Divine. Jennifer finally left nursing in 1973 to pursue a career in music, becoming a licentiate of the London College of Music in 1974.

Her life as a midwife in the East End was chronicled in three books, Call the Midwife (2007), Shadows of the Workhouse (2008) and Farewell to the East End (2009) and was adapted by Neal Street Productions for BBC 1 in 2012. Her fourth book, In the Midst of Life was published in 2011. A collection of her correspondence will be published by Orion in 2014 called Letters to the Midwife.

Jennifer died on 31st May 2011. She is survived by her husband Philip, two daughters and three grandchildren.