The memoir of a courageous woman on a quest to find love and places to belong

aaw-3d-cover-newAccidental Aid Worker is the travel memoir of the adventurous Sue Liu who stumbles into voluntary aid work in the wake of the 2004 tsunami during the civil war conflict in Sri Lanka. She teams up with a tour guide, a Catholic priest and a community of refugees and so begins a ten-year obsession with helping people in need. Through tragic events, Sue meets the larger than life Geraldine Cox and spreads her generosity to help orphaned children in Cambodia.

This is a moving and real account of one woman’s drive to survive and support others, while masking battles of her own.  Along the way, Sue loses her grip on life and embarks on a harrowing journey through mid-life crisis, disconnection and chronic depression. She is forced to face inescapable truths about herself in order to navigate her way to the woman she really wants to be.

Sue shares her most vulnerable moments with warmth and bare honesty, alongside epic travel adventures and quirky tales involving; priests, nuns, a rabbi, terrorist attacks, natural disasters, a tuktuk accident, refugees, orphaned children, surgeries, fishing for marlin and at times, spontaneous singing and dancing with children.

This heartwarming and thought-provoking story will make you laugh, bring you to tears, inspire a thirst for travel, a yearning to give back and pause for thought about what really makes us all tick.

Accidental Aid Worker was launched on 1 November 2015. It is a self funded and self publishing project by Sue Liu and Zulu Communications. By purchasing a copy of the book or ebook from our shop, you will be supporting community projects. – Please visit the shop for more information. 

  • ISBN: 9780994172747 (paperback) RRP: $35 / ISBN: 9780994172761 (ebook)RRP: $11.99
  • Pages: 394/ 148,000 words (approx)
  • First edition: September 2015/ 2nd reprint: April 2016
  • 3rd reprint: special cover edition with Tom Keneally and Professor Dame Marie Bashir  – launched September 2016


This is the tale of a woman who bravely opens doors and thus has astounding adventures and enlightenments. All in the context of what can only be called an adventure story and an extraordinary life. – Thomas Keneally

Accidental Aid Worker is an epic memoir, which touches many sensitive aspects of life, with which we all can identify.  This unique journey is indeed rich, with memorable characters, events and sensitive reflections. – Professor the Honourable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO 

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Presented by publishing, marketing professionals and self-published authors Sue Liu and Anna Maguire.

Date: Saturday 24 June Time: 10-4pm  Where: Leichhardt Library Cost:   Free

Places limited –  BOOK YOUR PLACE. 

Find out more – Sue – Self Pub Leichhardt Workshop Media Release – 16 May 2017

Supported by Inner West Library Service & State Library of NSW


Step-by-step mentoring, advice and support from Sue through your writing and publishing journeyclick here for more information Mentoring short



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