The Last Showman


“Ladies and gentlemen! I will show you something you have never seen before, and something you will never see again…”

Sue’s latest book is about one of Australia’s greatest treasures: Fred Brophy, the sole custodian of an iconic country tradition … the last traditional boxing tent in the world. His Fred Brophy’s Boxing Troupe still travels regional and Outback Australia year after year with his larrikin band of fighters, offering challengers the chance to beat one of his boys – or his lone female – for a chance at blood and glory.

“I first met Fred when I couldn’t resist having a fight in his tent for another book I was writing, Welcome to the Outback,” says Sue. “Of course, I lost. And badly. But I was fascinated with the tent and the way Fred had run it for so many years, keeping it on the road and battling to bring up his family at the same time. He had a fabulous story!”

That story comes alive in The Last Showman: Fred Brophy, published by Penguin in September 2014 and launched at the equally iconic Birdsville Races in Australia’s most isolated Outback town on the edge of the Simpson Desert. The book sold out at the launch, with the nearest fresh supplies 700km away along a mostly dirt road …

“Fred Brophy is a legend – he’s one of my favourite real Australians.” John Williamson

Welcome to the website of Australian author and journalist Sue Williams.

Sue has written best-selling books on a huge variety of subjects, from Australia’s vast Outback and the incredible people who live in some of the most remote places on earth, to true crime books, travel and biography. Click on any of the books in the lefthand column for more details, or click on the Books tag, or her Bio.

She was shortlisted in the last four writers for the 2006 international true crime book of the year in the Gold Dagger Awards for her And Then The Darkness, the true story of the murder of Peter Falconio and the trials of Joanne Lees.

Her most recent crime book, Left For Dead, was voted by Australian booksellers, authors, publishers and readers one of the top 50 books of the year, and awarded a You Can’t Put Down sticker on the cover in retailers, libraries and online. Her 2013 biography Father Bob: The Larrikin Priest became the first book in Australia to be the subject of an online web experience with a mix of interactivity and layered content for a totally immersive experience of the book. Check it out on www.penguin.com.au/true-stories/