Catherine Hamlin and her now deceased husband, Reg, began the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia, which has become a major teaching institution for surgeons from all over the developing world. As well as being made a Companion of the Order of Australia, being award the ANZAC Peace Prize and the coveted Gold Medal from the Royal College of Surgeons, Catherine was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999.
John Little spent 25 years working as a reporter and producer in television current affairs, before becoming a full-time writer. His other non-fiction books are: Inside 60 Minutes, The Man Who Saw Too Much, Down to the Sea, Christine's Ark, Maalika, The Hospital by the River, Catherine's Gift and Jem. He has also written a political thriller, Letters from the President. He lives with his wife, Anna, in Avalon Beach, NSW.