Sisters of the East End

Sisters of the East End

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Born into a happy working-class North London family, Katie is determined to 'do something' with her life. Working in the impoverished East End in the 1950s, she meets the Sisters of St John the Divine - a community of nuns dedicated to nursing and midwifery. The Sisters have been present at births, cared for the sick and laid out the dead for a hundred years, and Katie soon joins them to start her journey to becoming Sister Catherine Mary.





As a novice Katie rallies against the vow of obedience, yet as a nurse and midwife she learns much about the nature of dedication, love and tragedy. Her story is full of hardship, humour and compassion, bringing to life the unique world of the nursing Sisters.





Sister Catherine Mary's story was written by Helen Batten after in-depth interviews with today's Sisters of the Community of St John the Divine.

Title:Sisters of the East End
Edition Language:English
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    Sisters of the East End Reviews

  • Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)

    I've read three or four books now that claim to have "inspired the TV series Call the Midwife", though I've never watched it. This one, unfortunately, was fiction. I guess I can understand that the nu...

  • Julie Davis

    This came up as a recommended read when I was browsing Amazon and decided to borrow a copy from the library as I love Call the Midwife and had already read Jennifer Worth's books. I wasn't disappointe...

  • Grace

    Sisters of the East End is an interesting and quick read. From the tales within the book, you can definitely see the inspirations for 'Call the Midwife'. It was a great insight not only into the chang...

  • Dr

    I read this slowly over several months as it was an ebook on my phone I could pick up when I had a spare few minutes. It was perfect for that.I felt I got to know Sister Catherine really well. But I a...

  • Nataliec7

    This book was excellent, not only enjoyable but education. Fantastic! Based on the story of 6 nuns but creating one character, Catherine Mary who gets a calling to be a nun. It's unexpected, she's con...

  • Squintsquadknittr

    A lot about becoming a nun, and almost nothing about actual nursing. ...

  • Karolien

    I am a huge fan of the Call the Midwife series of which I have read all the books with great enthusiasm.Therefore I wanted to read this book because I wanted a different point of view. The first 50 pa...

  • Rania T

    A book in the end, really about forgotten traditions in British Culture. It also used to be common for women to be confined for 40 days after the birth of a child, as mentioned by the sisters this boo...

  • Carrie

    I had an. Interest in this book because I watch call the midwife TV episodes on PBS. This book was excellent even though I believe it was historical fiction I was hooked since the first chapter and I ...

  • Kimberley Shaw

    Read this because I enjoyed the Call the Midwife series (both the books and tv series).This is based on the stories of the real life sisters who inspired the series. Is a compilation of stories from d...