Subtitled A Story of Hope, The Hospital by the River is the story of Catherine and Reg Hamlin, gynaecologists who left Australia in 1959 on a short contract to establish a midwifery school in Ethiopa. 50 years later, Catherine is still there and continues their work (alone since her husband’s death). Until the Hamlins began their work, women who suffered fistulae damage during labour, were neglected and forgotten and suffered a lifetime of incapacity and degradation. Since they opened their hospital in 1975, 30000 women have been successfully operated on and the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital has become a teaching institution for surgeons from all over the developing world. Catherine Hamlin was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999. This is a moving and compelling account of an extraordinary life.