The Girl Who Climbed Everest


Sue’s latest book follows a young Australian with an incredible dream – to reach the summit of Mount Everest, and as soon as she possibly can.

We already know Alyssa Azar is someone special, having become the youngest person ever to complete the rugged Kokoda Trail, at the age of just eight. At 12, she then climbs the ten highest peaks in Australia. Two years later, at the minimum age for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, she tackles that, and succeeds yet again.

It’s not long before her sights turn to the ultimate challenge: Everest itself. And then comes her greatest trials. In 2014, at 17 and on track to become the youngest female in the world to summit the treacherous peak, she’s driven back by the avalanche that kills 16 Sherpas and closes the mountain. The next year, she’s nearly buried alive by avalanches caused by the massive earthquake that rocks Nepal.

Then finally, in 2016, defying all the odds, she tries again and succeeds as the youngest Australian ever to make the summit. This is her amazing story.

The Girl Who Climbed Everest is published by Penguin Books in September 2016.

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/