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. 

Valuable insights into the daunting world of publishing

This workshop gave me valuable insights into publishing a book and the realities of the industry. Sue was very engaging and inspiring, providing helpful insights into the daunting world of publishing, self-publishing and self-promotion.


Engrossing and emotive talk

Sue Liu kindly accepted an invitation from St Ives Probus Club to talk about her life, and in particular her Aid Work. Club members were enthralled with her emotive talk and saluted her bravery, her energy, and her compassion for people who found themselves in dire and tragic circumstances. Sue illustrated her talk with small excerpts from her book and a powerpoint presentation. Members had many questions for Sue, the hallmark of an engrossing talk.

Di Goodsir - St Ives Probus Club

This autobiography just had to be written

This amazing woman has lived four lifetimes of an ordinary woman and, in doing so, has made a huge difference to many hundreds, perhaps thousands, of lives.  All I can say after reading Sue’s story is, ‘What a woman!’. She shows us how one person can make a difference in this world, and I am in awe that she has been able to accomplish so much. An inspiring book.  

Chris Gibbons & Di Morrissey

Professor Marie Bashir said...

Accidental Aid Worker is an epic memoir, which touches many sensitive aspects of your life, with which I can identify. This unique journey is indeed rich with memorable characters, events sensitive reflections.

Professor the Honourable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO

Thomas Keneally said...

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

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Of real service to my work

The workshop was a real service to me from many points of view. Despite my reluctance, I am now charting out the mourning and it's going really well.


Valuable insights into the daunting world of publishing

This workshop gave me valuable insights into publishing a book and the realities of the industry. Sue was very engaging and inspiring, providing helpful insights into the daunting world of publishing, self-publishing and self-promotion.


Nice mix of what needs to be done and the personal journey

Loved it. Sue presented with such enthusiasm and verve. A nice mix of what needs to be done with the personal journey.


Step-by-step and practical

Well prepared and executed with enthusiasm. Easy to follow step-by-step guidelines on how to. Practical work handouts and very useful. A very constructive and helpful talk – Thank you Sue. Loved it.


Valuable and practical information with humour

Sue shared a lot of valuable and practical information about writing and publishing a novel, It was very informative and delivered with humour and enthusiasm. Definitely recommend it.


Inspirational journey

Really enjoyed learning about your journey. It was inspirational.


Informative, hard-hitting and refreshing

Fantastic workshop, really informative, great energy and great to hear the nuts and bolts of marketing from a professional who has worked in the industry – so it’s not vague but real, hard-hitting in a positive way and direct. Really refreshing.


Very useful information on the marketing of books

This session provided very useful information on the marketing of books. I had no idea of the complexity and detail involved in launching a book not having researched the business aspect before.


Real steps and grassroots information

Inspiring, real steps to self-publishing. Grassroots information, honest and realistic. Very enjoyable workshop.


Enthusiastic and realistic approach

Sue’s enthusiastic and realistic approach to the writing journey from start to bookshelf is infectious.


Realistic advice

I enjoyed this session. Sue is so enthusiastically engaging! She is realistic and does not have “stars in her eyes”. We heard the good, but also the downside. Sue is a good presenter, She’s so honest about her own journey.


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