Miranda Hart introduces Letters to the Midwife, a wonderful collection of correspondence received by Jennifer Worth, whose bestselling books inspired the BBC’s Call the Midwife.
For those of you who have read Call the Midwife you will know that Jennifer Worth creates the most wonderful imagery with her writing.
She portrayed such vivid pictures of an extraordinary time in British history and of truly extraordinary women in the midwives who devoted years to their vocation and saved many women’s lives. Midwifery and women’s health truly mattered to them and they were, in my view, heroines.
I owe Jennifer an awful lot. She wrote to me in 2010, sent me a copy of her book and told me that I reminded her of her friend Chummy and if Call the Midwife ever got made into a television series she would be thrilled if I played the part. I immediately turned to Chummy’s entrance in the book and fell in love with how she portrayed this clumsy woman appearing at Nonnatus House in the East End – a fish out of water determined to follow her heart’s desire and do herself proud. I knew I had to play the part. And I will always be incredibly grateful to her for the opportunity.
Sadly, I never got to meet Jennifer. I wish I had. To have been able to thank her. But here we are lucky enough to have further insight into her life through her correspondence and a chance to wallow happily in her beautiful writing.
Thank you, Jennifer.
Jennifer Worth’s Letters to the Midwife is out now in paperback and eBook.
This letter originally appeared as a foreword in Jennifer Worth’s Letters to the Midwife.