Attention all book lovers!


July 9, 2020



A story worth sharing 

“…Reg and I listened with rapt attention as she described these tragic cases. At the time we had no idea how important they would become to us. We had been hired to practise the whole gamut of obstetrics and gynaecology. The fistulas seemed like a minor curiosity. But they would become much more than that. I shall remember forever her prophetic words, ‘the fistula patients will break your heart.'” –  Dr Catherine Hamlin, The Hospital by the River 

Dr Catherine Hamlin’s story, told in her own words, in The Hospital by the River, has captivated thousands of readers – allowing people from all corners of the world to be transported to Ethiopia, to live through decades of history and to be moved, often to tears, by the plight of countless strangers.

Co-written with John Little this book is a candid account of 60 years of service to women in Ethiopia suffering from obstetric fistula. Catherine weaves her own story together with the history of the hospital and that of her adopted country, Ethiopia. Click here to read the prologue to The Hospital by the River.

If you’ve already enjoyed The Hospital by the River, the continuing story, Catherine’s Gift by John Little is a must-read! Click here to read some of John Little’s memories of Dr Catherine Hamlin. 

Both books are best-sellers at the Hamlin Shop, however we know there are still so many people who do not know about this amazing woman and her story.

Hers is a story worth sharing and we want to spread the word through book clubs!



Special offer to book clubs 

If you are interested in sharing either The Hospital by the River or Catherine’s Gift with your book club, please contact us at [email protected].

We’d love to share a special offer with you, allowing your book club members to receive a free tote bag with their book purchase. And… if eight or more people from your book club purchase a book, a Hamlin representative will attend your book club gathering – either in person or via zoom, to delve deeper into the Hamlin story and (hopefully!) answer any questions not covered in the book.


Five Dock Book Club x Hamlin

Recently, Five Dock Families (FDF) Book Club took advantage of our new book club offer. The Hospital by the River was nominated by one of their members, and agreed upon, even though the majority of the group had never heard of Catherine, the work of the Hamlins or even an obstetric fistula.

That had all changed by the time the group had their meet up in late June – they were so inspired by Catherine that their meeting ran for over five hours! (They assured us that it was the book and not the wine that kept them talking for so long!) and the talking didn’t stop there, their facebook group chat continued where the night left off.


Words… and action!

The FDF Book Club also decided that they wanted to contribute to Catherine’s work and set up a fundraiser with the aim of raising $700 to cover a standard fistula operation for one woman. As of the first week of July, they have raised a staggering $1,000… and counting! Click here to view their fundraising page.

We hope to inspire more book clubs like FDF to read The Hospital by the River and Catherine’s Gift and learn more about the amazing work of Dr Catherine Hamlin and the team at Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia.


If you are interested in sharing The Hospital by the River or Catherine’s Gift with your book club, please email us at [email protected]