I can't remember who recommended this one, but I'm glad she did because I enjoyed this book. It's a memoir by a woman who was a midwife in London in the 1950s. It talks about lots of different things, from poverty to prostitution to the survival of premature babies. I think this one would be interesting for a book group.
At first, it did ever so vaguely remind me of James Herriot, but with poor people instead of animals, and that made me a little uncomfortable, but it didn't remind me of it for long.