Stepping Up

Stepping Up is the first fiction novel by Sunday Times bestselling author of The Unmumsy Mum, Sarah Turner. It follows the story of flighty Beth, who finds herself guardian to her teenage niece and toddler nephew after a family tragedy. It was scooped up by Transworld as a ‘major debut’ in a six-figure, two-book deal.

He’s quit more jobs and relationships than she can remember and she still sleeps in her childhood bedroom. It’s not that she hasn’t tried to grow up, it’s just that so far, the only commitment she’s held down is Friday drinks at the village pub.

Then, in the space of a morning, her world changes.

An unspeakable tragedy turns Beth’s life upside down, and she finds herself guardian to her teenage niece and toddler nephew, catapulted into an unfamiliar world of bedtime stories, parents’ evenings and cuddly elephants. Having never been responsible for anyone – or anything – it’s not long before she feels seriously out of her depth.

What if she’s simply not up to the job?

With a little help from her best friend Jory (purely platonic, of course …) and her lovely, lonely next-door neighbour, Albert, Beth is determined that this time she’s not giving up. It’s time to step up. This is a story about digging deep for strength you never knew you had and finding magic in things that were there all along.

Sarah Turner lives in Devon with her husband and their three boys. She started writing as The Unmumsy Mum in 2013, vowing to document her ‘warts and all’ account of parenting. Having previously written purely as a hobby, the success of her blog page and subsequent Facebook page prompted Sarah to consider writing more professionally. When not wrestling three small people (or blogging about them), Sarah’s guilty pleasures are reality TV shows and endless cups of tea, usually drunk tepid following interruptions from her children. You can follow Sarah’s everyday parenting rambles on Twitter.

Sarah is represented by Hannah Ferguson at Hardman & Swainson, and Stepping Up was published by Transworld on 17th March 2022.

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