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Just One More Day: A Memoir [Kindle Edition]

Susan Lewis
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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 nightmares. How does a child cope when faced with a wall of adult secrets? What does a mother do when her biggest fear starts to become a reality? Because it's the Sixties, and because it's shameful to own up to feelings, Eddress tries to deny the truth, while Susan creates a world that will never allow her mother to leave.

Set in a world where a fridge is a luxury, cars have starting handles, and where bingo and coupons bring in the little extras, Just One More Day is a deeply moving true-life account, told by mother and daughter, of how the spectre of death moved into their family, and how hard they tried to pretend it wasn't there.

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"Just One More Day will surprise all Susan Lewis fans. They know she can write compelling fiction, but not, until now, that she can write even more engrossing fact. We use the phrase honest truth too lightly: it should be reserved for books - deeply moving books - like this" (Alan Coren)

"Deeply moving" (Woman's Weekly)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 502 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0099486830
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (31 Aug. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00413PIL8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,347 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 5 April 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was quite hard to get into at first, the mixture of the mother and daughter accounts made my head spin! However after pushing past the block, this book was amazing.
The final moments left me feeling raw and open the whole family experience. You were made to feel like of the family, and were left to grieve with them. I cried my heart out, even thought I knew what was happening. It left me wanting the read more.
Beautifully written, beautifully told and heart destroying. I wanted to cuddle the child we are left with. Please write a sequel.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Real 10 Feb. 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book showed such a real view of life as a child and a mother struggling with cancer.

The style Susan has written it is truly unique. How difficult it must be to capture the writing as if a child had written it. Very well done.

It took me a while to read this book because I didn't have the time to sit down properly and get into it which is what I think you should do with this book.

It's very touching especially at the end when Susan doesn't understand that her mum is gone and not coming back. But how like a nine year old that is like.

A definite recommendation if you want to read something real
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Emotional read. 28 April 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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, maybe her mother left a diary. I have not been able to find out if this was in fact the case. Susan spends her young childhood being brave about a situation she does not fully understand, while her toddler brother is oblivious to the pain within the family. Eddress and Eddie married when she was only twenty one and it as still a young woman she is faces cancer, without admitting her fears. It was just not done to show your feelings back in the sixties, so Eddress tries to deny to herself what is happening to her.

Susan struggled in this world of adult secrets but explains it well in this heart breaking true story of a young woman who dies at the tender age of thirty three leaving her husband a widower at thirty seven with children of nine and five. A scenario that really tugged at my heart strings and was a very emotional read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent read 23 April 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
What a truly wonderful book - so many memories I can relate to of Bristol and childhood toys etc! I think Susan and I shared the same bedroom wallpaper too!! lol

Such a tragic and moving tale - and such an insight into the mind of a child in her young years - one poor child not fully understanding what is going on around her.

I couldn't put this book down!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing real life story! 7 May 2009
By Amelia
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I had read only one of Susan Lewis books before I read this one. I wasn't expecting her life to be even more amazing and interesting than her novels. Anyone who loves a well written biography and a good story will be completely satisfied.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excelent! 27 Jan. 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I couldnt put it down and although I knew the final outcome I cried as if it was a family member when it reached its conclusion. I want to know what happened to Susan and her family after, did she go to her mother's chosen school??
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Touching Book 14 Jan. 2006
By Tracey
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I absolutly loved this book, it was writen in such a clever way. While reading it you switch from Eddress the mother to Susan the daughter and you can tell when your reading a adult side and a child side.
I related to so much of how Susan saw the world then but I could related to Eddress as I'm a mum of 3 myself and that made the book all the more enjoyable for me, to see both sides of what was going on then.
I actually cried during this book too, I think because in the back of my head was this is true.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am so pleased I decided to buy this book. It had me in tears one minute and laughing the next.
It tells of the relationship between Susan and her mother and I was glued to it. It has made quite an impact on me as I have had a similar relationship with my own mother and was born around the same time.
I cannot wait for your follow up. A big thank you Susan.
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