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

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-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 to purchase your books


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 

Author Talks 2019

  • Wednesday 20 February – Bodhi Books and Gifts, Newtown – 7pm
  • Wednesday 13 March – Australia China Friendship Society, CBD – 12pm
  • Thursday 28 March – Avalon Community Library – 6pm
  • Thursday 16 May – Rockdale Library  – 6pm
  • Monday 20 May – St Ives Probus Club – 11am
  • Thursday 30 May – Blacktown Library -6pm
  • Tuesday 11 June – Sutherland Library – 6:30pm
  • Tuesday 18 June – Ryde Library – In Focus talk for REFUGEE WEEK – 6:30pm

Visit the author talks and speaking page for further details

“What can I say about Sue Liu – what a dynamo! She is an inspiration to everyone she meets. Sue came into Ulladulla Library like a breath of fresh air. Her talk was thoroughly captivating and inspiring.” – Vikki Hoskins

Read what people say about Sue’s author talk

Contact Sue for interviews, author talks and workshops at libraries, community and business groups. swoosh

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