One Day at a Time

She was only nine when her world fell apart. The struggle to understand took a lifetime.

In 1960s Bristol, Susan’s family was like any other with its joys and frustrations, and fierce loyalties. Then tragedy struck and left a legacy that was to last a lifetime.


Susan was only nine when her mother died. A year later she was sent away to school. She didn’t want to go, and didn’t understand why she had to.


In her struggle to cope with an uncertain world – a world where nothing seemed to make sense any more – she pushed away the one person she loved best, her father.


It wasn’t until adulthood beckoned that she realised that, in order to turn their relationship around, she had to learn to love – and trust – again.


Reviews for “One Day at a Time”

  • Kathy Bishop says:

    Just finished Just one more day. Couldn’t stop crying at the end. I was born in 1963 and grew up in Pilning near Bristol. So much of what you wrote felt much like my own childhood apart from the smoking. Can’t wait to read your other books. Thanks for the memoir I so enjoyed it

  • And cronin says:

    Loved all your books. Finding it hard to get just one day a time just one more day.

  • Liz says:

    Is there another book to follow one day at a time?

    • Susan Lewis says:

      Hi Liz, no I’m afraid there isn’t a follow up to this book, but there is a prequel titled Just One More Day.

  • Lydia Parry says:

    I read both this book and Just One More Day on the recommendation of a friend who was in the same year as you at Grange School!

    The books are written with such honest simplicity and although sad there is so much humour in there too. They brought back so many memories of places and events I knew and remembered as a child. You see I grew up on another Council estate on the outskirts of Bristol, Park Estate.

    Your mother sounded such a character and in many ways was very similar to my own. She too wanted me to try for a scholarship place at Red Maids school. At the time it was felt to be a slight but maybe our headmaster had great foresight when he said: “Lydia comes from the wrong background to go to a school like that”. Reading about your own experiences and knowing my own character I would have absolutely hated gong there, even as a day girl.

    Thank you for sharing your memories with us. Having read these memoirs, I shall certainly go on to read more of your novels. With best wishes.

    • Susan Lewis says:

      Hi Lydia, thank you for this lovely message and for telling me of your own early experience in Bristol. You are indeed fortunate to have missed out on the Red Maids experience. It was dreadful. Happily it’s a lovely school to be at now, I wouldn’t hesitate to send a child of mine, but that didn’t help me much back then.
      I really hope you enjoy more of my books – did you know that there’s a sequel to Just One More Day titled One Day at a Time?

  • Hilary anderton says:

    Oh my word, this book had me in tears so many times, I found myself wanting to shake, hug and love Susan and Eddie all at the same time. What a traumatic time this book drew me into….it took me longer to read than any other, I usually finish a Susan Lewis book in two or three days but. This took me about ten. It was a harrowing read at times and I just wanted everything to be better but then that’s life isn’t it? Sadly life isn’t all hunky dory, I take my hat off to Susan for having the courage to write it…thank you and God Bless xx ((((hugs))))

    • Susan Lewis says:

      Oh Hilary, what incredibly kind words about this book, which of course is a very special book to me. I wonder if you read Just One More Day first, which is the prequel. I wasn’t quite such a demon in that one!!! And my mother was still alive. Again a huge thank you and big hugs to you too.

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