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Just One More Day: A Memoir

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In 1960s Bristol, a family is overshadowed by tragedy

While Susan, a typically feisty seven-year-old, is busy being brave, her mother, Eddress, is struggling for courage. Though bound by an indestructible love, their journey through a world that is darkening with tragedy is fraught with the kind of misunderstandings that bring as much laughter as pain, and as many dreams as
Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 5th 2006 by Arrow (first published 2005)
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Kay Wells
Aug 24, 2012 Kay Wells rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography
This book covers the heartache and laughter right to the bitter end.
Tracy Terry
Jun 26, 2012 Tracy Terry rated it liked it
Having had the conversation about why I didn't generally read childhood memoirs I was persuaded by a friend to read this 'very different read', a true-life story written by acclaimed author Susan Lewis.

I don't know if it was because this wasn't a read about childhood abuse OR if it was because of the way it was written but I didn't feel the usual uncomfortable stirrings I normally feel on reading this type of memoir but instead felt almost like a long lost friend/family member to whom the story
Apr 03, 2008 Bookmaniac70 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Bookmaniac70 by: suedo
The book was definitely well written. I became absorbed in the shifting narration through the voices of mother and daughter. The characters were very lively. I could easily picture Susan and her family. I felt sorry for everyone of them, including Eddress, who had a lot of good in her in spite of her stubborness and harshness towards her Eddie and Susan. She seemed a tough woman,from the older generation when feelings were something to be kept deep underneath,and growing soft was not encouraged. ...more
Apr 28, 2011 LindyLouMac rated it it was ok
I have no idea how this title came to be on my bookshelf as I have only ever read one novel by this author, although I have two others by her on the TBR shelf. I need to get down to some serious reading if I am ever to catch up!

‘Just One More Day’ is the moving memoir of Susan Lewis growing up in 1960’s Bristol in a household that was facing tragedy, whilst pretending it was not happening. As Susan was only seven years old at the time I did have my doubts that she remembered so much so clearly,
Amanda Sayer
Feb 02, 2014 Amanda Sayer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-kindle
I was given this book by a friend to read. A few lines in I knew I was hooked on the story. It's told by two people Susan and her mum Eddesss who is ill with cancer. Susan is only nine and doesn't understand what is happening to her mum and how to deal with it. A story which touched my heart, after losing my dad to cancer when I was eleven I found I could relate to what Susan went through without really understanding how ill her mum was. This memoir was beautifully written and lovely to read.
Jun 30, 2015 Peg rated it liked it
Susan Lewis's memoir of losing her young mother to cancer is a very moving memoir. Ms Lewis was only 9 when the tragedy of her mother's death hit their family. The story is told in two voices - that of Susan and that of her mother's. A very sad, but well written tale.
Jan 17, 2009 Sue rated it it was amazing
I'd never heard of Susan Lewis, so I wouldn't have chosen this book. But a friend lent it to me, and I found it very readable. It's a biographical account of the author's childhood, when her mother was battling cancer. It's cleverly told from two perspectives - eight-year-old Susan's own, and that of her mother Eddress.

The background is of a struggling family in Bristol in the 1960s; the mother is strict, and ambitious for her children, the father a delightful man who reads to them, plays with
Julie Haigh
Feb 23, 2014 Julie Haigh rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of memoirs, Fans of Susan lewis
Recommended to Julie by: Found on Amazon, recommendations as bought Susan Lewis fiction previously
Moving and memorable.

I've read a few of Susan Lewis's fiction books and enjoyed them, particularly 'Dance While You Can', so I was very interested to discover this memoir. It is quite some time since I read this now, but it was so memorable that many parts of it still stick in my mind. It is written from the young Susan's point of view and switches also to writings from her mother's point of view. It is really well done, beautiful. It built up to a really heart-breaking ending and by that time,
Nadia Winborn
Mar 12, 2015 Nadia Winborn rated it really liked it
amazing book with a lot of down to earth story. Susan must be a very strong adult after everything she has gone through and her mother would be very proud of her.
I really, really enjoyed this book. It is centred around 1960s UK where the author, Susan Lewis, is growing up in a normal, happy UK family. With mum Eddress, dad Eddie and little brother Gary. It tells the story from 2 different perspectives, that of Susan and her mother Eddress. it shows the two different feelings and perspectives of Eddress suffering and being treated for breast cancer.

This is highly recommended by me, have had this on my bookshelf for a few years and haven't picked it up be
Ruth Elizabeth Williams
Feb 20, 2016 Ruth Elizabeth Williams rated it it was amazing
Fantastically written couldn't put it down
Wendy houghton
Changed my mind
Nov 10, 2013 Danielle rated it it was ok
I was recommended this book from my the librarian from my local library as I wanted to read a similar book like Cathy Glass.

I started off on the first page, it was ok I was enjoying the storyline but then I got to Chapter 3 and then realised that I couldn't seem to get into it.
By reading other reviews for this book I have noticed a couple of said that they found the book quite hard to get into.
I tried my best to carry on reading, but don't think i be able to carry on.
Jun 19, 2016 Jenni rated it liked it
Nice to read a true story for a change. From the mother and young daughters view its about living with the mothers cancer. It makes you realise the impact on the father trying his best for his wife and two children, grim subject but gives the reader a better understanding of what families go through with this cruel disease.
Dec 11, 2008 Bree rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2006, fiction
This one was really sad but sweet at the same time. Told from the point of view of the mother and the daughter, your heart just breaks for the little girl and how she misinterprets everything going on around her, and for the mother for what she is going through and how she tries to just bury her head in the sand.
At first I found it hard to understand because the old school English, but once I got my head wrapped around it, it got better.
Oct 02, 2015 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: true-life
wow Wat a fantastic read but very sad and emotional. although there were some funny bits hear n there.
Dec 14, 2013 Tina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mine
This book had me in tears,you really feel for Susan and her brother
Feb 15, 2016 Catherine rated it it was ok
Loved this book, couldn't put it down at all
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was born in 1956, in Bristol. My father was a Welsh miner, a poet, an engineer and a thinker. My mother was one of 13 children who, at 20, persuaded my father to spend his bonus on an engagement ring instead of a motorbike. We were a normal, happy, nuclear family, living in a spanking new council house on the outskirts of town – my mother’s pride and joy. But we were going to do better, my mother ...more
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