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Small Steps: A Physio in Ethiopia

Written by Julie Sprigg


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As a child, Julie dreamed of being somewhere else, of making a difference. Now, she can’t wait to meet the nuns she will live with and the children she will provide physiotherapy for in Ethiopia. 

But Julie has trouble sticking to convent rules and soon finds herself wondering how much difference a single physio can make anyway. 

When she takes a teaching role at a university, Julie finally feels closer to fulfilling her dreams – training Ethiopia’s first physiotherapists, treating paediatric patients, and losing her heart to a handsome colleague.  

Then civil unrest reaches the university, forcing Julie’s students to choose between their safety and their future. When it comes to being a part of change, why do all steps feel like small steps?


'While [Julie's] experience is at the centre of Small Steps, it's an experience of waking up to the difficulties of doing good, as opposed to spiritual fulfilment.' Good Reading 


City of Fremantle Hungerford Award (Shortlisted 2018)

ISBN 9781925815603 (Paperback)
Formats B+ Format (208 x 140mm) (Paperback)
Categories Winter Warmers
Autobiography, Biography & Memoir
New Releases
Book Club Reads
New Adult
Sport, Travel & Entertainment
Publisher Fremantle Press
Edition 1st
Publication Year 2020
Pages 380
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    Julie Sprigg

    Julie Sprigg is a Perth-based author whose debut book Small Steps: A Physio in Ethiopia was shortlisted for the 2018 City of Fremantle Hungerford Award. She worked as a physiotherapist for ten years before switching to a career in foreign aid with programs improving the rights of people with disabilities. After years of regular travel to China, India, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Vietnam, Vanuatu and Ethiopia, Julie returned to Perth and now evaluates government programs to overcome social disadvantage. When not writing or working, she can be found reading a picture book atlas with her young son and delighting in domestic adventures. Read more