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Now 60, Sue Williams took early retirement from the Civil Service aged 51, having managed career information, advice and guidance services for adults for over 21 years.
Coventry-based, Sue embarked on a journey of exploration. Inspired to collect stories and compile inspirational books from the many entrepreneurial women she met, she first published Believe You Can Succeed in 2013. Nominated for a Women Inspiring Women award that year, Sue went on to publish her second anthology Believe You Can in 2015. Her Poetry collection: I Am Unique achieved No.1 status on Amazon in 2017.
Sue runs events for authors, and her inspirational Believe oracle cards are available as an award-winning app. She is currently compiling a third anthology Believe You Can Live a Life You Love at 50+
Comprising a range of sister-to-sister, friend-to-friend nuggets of advice, this anthology of personal stories of survival and success seeks to give women the confidence to tackle challenges and flourish on their own terms. The women’s experiences range from making “seize the day” type moves across the world, to getting through grief, to getting qualifications and starting new enterprises later in life. It’s peppered with poems that seek to embolden, some of which have a religious outlook, and is abundant in practical and spiritually-oriented action points and exercises that aim to set readers on the path to self-belief. There are plenty of motivational mantras too, in essence, all of which advise women to believe in themselves, to stay true to themselves and to never listen to doubters and detractors.
'I believe that nothing is impossible if you dare to dream, plan and take action. I'm an ordinary girl who simply refused to give up on a dream, and that's all it takes to succeed in life.'Alyssa Azar is unstoppable. When she was just eight years old, she walked the gruelling Kokoda Track, the youngest person in the world to do so. At twelve she climbed the ten highest peaks in Australia. Two years later she touched the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. Now, at the age of nineteen, she has reached the roof of the world: the summit of Mount Everest. The Girl Who Climbed Everest is the inspiring story of how an ordinary girl from country Queensland worked towards ascending the world's highest peak. Through passion, determination and immense hard work, and despite being turned back twice - once by a deadly avalanche and the second time by a devastating earthquake that nearly claimed her life - Alyssa is the youngest Australian to have achieved this extraordinary feat. She shares the thrills and heartbreaking disappointments on the road to reaching her goal, and explains how she finds the courage and motivation to keep going in the face of overwhelming danger and adversity. Above all, Alyssa's story shows us that we can achieve anything if we dare to dream big.
Horse-whispering, crocodile-hunting and single-handedly changing an 80-kilo flat tyre on a road train in 40-degree heat...there is nothing these modern-day outback women can't do. But when it comes to hardship and heartbreak, they've endured far more than their fair share. Living and working in some of the most remote spots in the world, they've had to become experts at turning tragedy into triumph. Our former Miss World finds a new start in the bush; an adventurer crosses one of the world's harshest deserts on camelback; a single mum becomes a truck driver to make ends meet and a former nurse takes over the famous Birdsville Hotel. This book is a tribute to the great Australian Outback from those who live and work at the heart of it.'[These women] simply took my breath away with the kind of courage, daring and resilience that have seen them overcome sometimes crushing difficulties.' Georgie Parker
Author Sue Williams recounts her earliest world travels - solo, with a companion and as part of a dysfunctional group - across five continents, surviving adventures and misadventures ranging from the hilarious to the downright hair-raising.
A Collection of lyrical, funny, witty and topical poems, just for the Christmas Season
Peter Falconio's disappearance in 2001 sparked one of the biggest manhunts and mysteries in Australia's history. The only witness was Peter's girlfriend, Joanne Lees, who was found wandering the highway, her hands bound in front of her and tape matted in her hair. Sue Williams tells the story.