Stepping Up

Stepping Up


**Featured on BBC Radio 4 A Good Read**

'Written with such love and heart. Sarah has done an exceptional job of marrying her trademark comedy with deep and raw emotion. I loved it!' GIOVANNA FLETCHER


Beth has never stuck at anything.

She'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.

'STEPPING UP is a heart-blasting triumph of a novel - wise, witty and wonderfully human.' Isabelle Broom

'Stop EVERYTHING and read this! Funny, tender and beautifully observed. Loved, loved, LOVED it!' Cathy Bramley

'A moving and beautifully-told tale of parenthood but not as you know it. I just loved it.' Gillian McAllister

Early readers love STEPPING UP!

***** 'Simply excellent . . . A true emotional rollercoaster.'

***** 'It had me laughing out loud, on a bus no less, crying and laughing. This book is a tonic! I read it in one go. I was rooting for Beth the whole way through!!'

***** 'An emotional rollercoaster to keep you turning the pages. . .Perfect for curling up with; perfect for a bedtime read; perfect for a book group; just perfect.'

***** 'This book needs all the stars! It made me laugh, it made me cry and I just want to start it all over again.'

***** 'Funny, heartbreaking and totally relatable, it makes you feel all the feels!'


  • Humour and heart are everywhere in this book, and I went from laughter to tears in the turn of a page. Wise, joyful and very, very funny - this is a book to devour, a book to share and a book to savour. I loved it
    Katie Marsh, author of UNBREAK YOUR HEART

About the author

Sarah Turner

Sarah Turner lives in Devon with her husband, three sons and Frank the cat.

After graduating with first-class honours in Philosophy from the University of Exeter, she dabbled in careers in finance and higher education before a ‘warts and all’ parenting blog she’d started in order to let off steam gathered unexpected momentum and writing became her full-time job.

She has since written four Sunday Times bestsellers: The Unmumsy Mum, The Unmumsy Mum Diary, The Unmumsy Mum A-Z and her first novel, Stepping Up, which was a Richard and Judy Book Club pick in 2023.

Sarah likes bookshops, walks along the river and watching her boys play football. She doesn’t like parking, films with sharks in or writing about herself in the third person.

You can follow Sarah’s reading, writing and parenting adventures on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@theunmumsymum).
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