Electricity

  • Title: Electricity
  • Author: Ray Robinson
  • ISBN: 9780330444507
  • Page: 258
  • Format: Paperback
  • Electricity Lily s epilepsy means she s used to seeing the world in terms of angles you look at every surface you weigh up every corner and you think of your head slamming into it but what would she be like wit
    Lily s epilepsy means she s used to seeing the world in terms of angles you look at every surface, you weigh up every corner, and you think of your head slamming into it but what would she be like without her sharp edges Prickly, spiky, up front honest and down to earth practical, Lily is thirty, and life s not easy but she gets by Gets on with it Has to what cLily s epilepsy means she s used to seeing the world in terms of angles you look at every surface, you weigh up every corner, and you think of your head slamming into it but what would she be like without her sharp edges Prickly, spiky, up front honest and down to earth practical, Lily is thirty, and life s not easy but she gets by Gets on with it Has to what choice is there So she s learned to make do, to make the most of things, to look after and out for herself Coping, managing, surviving Needing no one and asking for nothing Just her and her epilepsy her constant companion.But then her mother who Lily s not seen for years dies, and Lily is drawn back into a world she thought she d long since left behind At the same time, however, it s also somewhere disturbingly unfamiliar newly reunited with one of her brothers, and hoping to track down the other, Lily is no longer alone Forced to renegotiate the boundaries of her life, she realises she has alot to learn about relationships, about the past, and about herself and some difficult decisions ahead of her Electricity is Lily s story told in fits and starts, it s an edgy, compelling novel and a distinctive debut.

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    About Ray Robinson


    1. Robinson first won attention in 2006 with his debut novel, Electricity It was shortlisted for both the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Authors Club First Novel Award The film adaptation of Electricity, starring Agyness Deyn, Tom Georgeson, and Christian Cooke, made its world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival 2014, and won Best Screenplay at the National Film Awards 2015.Robinson s other novels are The Man Without 2008 , Forgetting Zoe 2010 , and Jawbone Lake 2014 Forgetting Zoe was a winner of the inaugural Jerwood Fiction Uncovered prize and was the Observer s Thriller of the Month Robinson was hailed as among the most impressive voices of Britain s younger generation by the Irish Times, and the Irish Independent called Jawbone Lake a literary thriller of the highest order.Robinson is a post graduate of Lancaster University, where he was awarded a Ph.D in Creative Writing in 2006, and is a Mentor for The Literary Consultancy He has appeared at literary festivals around the world, including La Feria Internacional del Libro de Guadalajara, Mexico, and the Edinburgh International Book Festival.Robinson is currently working on a feature length screenplay, and a novel for teenagers.


    682 Comments


    1. Somehow I realized this book was different. The cover picture was a head turning one, and a surprising choice given the nature of the story. But Lily is an amazing girl. I loved the author's creativity. To actually capture in words a visual representation of what a seizuremight feel like was very thought provoking. I have also never before seen a book with the chapters numbered in reverse, so that you read down toward chapter one.The language is so utterly and thoroughly British, and street smar [...]

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    2. This is such a hard book to review. It's powerful and real, and for me personally, sometimes too real. Robinson gets my admiration for his writing, his voice, the incredible detail and the research he must have done to write this novel. I don't think I've ever read a female voice so real to me as Lily, maybe made more real by how she shares my name. All the other characters in this novel -- they're not only believable but wholly flawed and unreliable people who I wouldn't doubt for a moment exis [...]

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    3. The best work of fiction I've read involving epilepsy. It really managed to capture in words the feeling and confusion of living with epilepsy outside of just having seizures. It was nice to see a protagonist who had epilepsy but had goals, relationships, and a life outside of her seizures even while they interfered. I don't feel so alone anymore, even though this was obviously not an autobiography. It was a beautiful story with a real and relatable protagonist.

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    4. I feel like I would have enjoyed the story more if less had been about Dave. Like take out 100 pages worth of blah-di-blah (as the author likes to call it) about Dave, and spend more time in the search for Mikey, or more specifically the search for the pub in Ireland and the possible family reunion. I am disappointed that this end was left loose. Especially considering the search for Mikey was the "main story". Though after finishing the book it felt as if the failed romance with creepy ass Dave [...]

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    5. I picked this up because one of the agents I'm interested in represented this author. I'm loving it - it's really amazing! Set in England with a 30-year-old protagonist named Lily, who has severe epilepsy, Electricity chronicles Lily's unusual life and her experiences in London as she attempts to track down a long lost brother. Edgy, gritty, entertaining, and fun to read!

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    6. Have to say this WAS amazing. As an insight into Lily's life, her concerns and how she handles them, it could not have been bettered. That it was written by a bloke, even more impressive. Also the use of text spacing - a minor think but one I find important. I shall certainly seek more of this writer

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    7. Powerful, and hard hitting. This book was a great read (started it at 5pm and was awake till 4.30am to finish it). Also nice to read something based around areas that I know.A very very clever insight into what some cases of epilepsy must be like. I was shocked to discover the character’s age. For the 1st few chapters I though I was reading about a 20 or so year old.

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    8. This was a pretty good book about a young woman with epilepsy who goes to London to search for her missing brother after their abusive mother dies. It had some interesting epilepsy-related typographical features, which were ok. B.

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    9. really enjoyed this one, although the book itself is a little bleak, the descriptions were amazing I really felt them.

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    10. It's trying way too hard for something that it is not accomplishing.

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    11. A book I discovered while on the hunt for books about epilepsy.

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    12. Amazing. Such a different style of writing than I normally read - I don't think it's a commonly used style of writing really - but so effective for the plot. So many things happening, which at times felt a little much, but also kept it interesting. It was overly explicit at times (definitely an adult's book!), which I felt didn't really add to the plot, but it did add to the atmosphere. Interesting subject matter tackled too.

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    13. Electricity is the story of Lily, a young woman who seeks out her missing old brother following the death of their dead-beat mother. She moves to London – the last place she knows her brother was – and begins to the search, beginning a new life for herself. But Electricity also looks backwards, focusing on Lily's childhood growing up with a mother and a stepfather (?) who abused her. Entwined in all of this is Lily's epilepsy, a condition that dictates her life as much as she remains fiercel [...]

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    14. I was really pleased by this, and really enjoyed it - picked up on a whim in a charity book sale, I wasn't sure what to expect (don't judge a book by the cover, but this had shiny gold bits on!) but was pleasantly surprised.The book is a tale of a young woman with epilepsy, her quirks, her life, and her attempts to track down members of her family after her mother dies. In places it wasn't comfortable reading at all, but elsewhere it was funny and poignant and utterly involving. If forced to com [...]

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    15. While searching for her missing brother, blunt Yorkshire girl Lily battles her seizures, changing medications and stigma from those who don't understand. Ive spent today with a seizure at the edges. Robinson's descriptions of seizures in their various forms are so absolutely spot on - the time jumps, the semi consciousness, your tells that always signal one is on its way. It has recently been made into a film, with both relying on @epilepsyaction And @epilepsyaction for accurate portrayal of lif [...]

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    16. *Electricity (2014) movie release date - 5th December 2014 featuring AGYNESS DEYN! *After reading an article on Epilepsy Society, I was eager to scoop Electricity up!My first read by Ray Robinson; Amazing, fast paced journey, I could relate to her! This is the original book which was published in 2006; Ray Robison's website states a new revised version is appearing.I wanted to know more, the ending was not enough for me, due to so many unexpected twists and turns.

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    17. Very insightful story on a woman living with epileptic seizures and the process of being a "normal" person.

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    18. I wrote review on my blog.

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    19. A book where nothing is really completed at the end. Might as well read a 1/3 of it and stopped. I need at least 1 conclusion.

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    20. I wanted to like this book, but I must admit, it was a very bizarre read. There were parts I really liked, but they were few and far between.

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    21. Not my cup of tea. Skipped through the bits with Dave in so was disappointed that he took up so much of the story, and that the main story wasn't resolved. I did like Dave's ending but it could have happened much sooner and got him out of the story.

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    22. I borrowed this book from the library in 2007 ,couldn’t remember much about it except that I enjoyed it. Made in to a film starring Agnes’s Dean the story’s about Lily a young woman who has epilepsy.The author does a female voice convincingly , street smart and tough. When her mother dies Lily goes to London to search for her brother who she lost contact with, when she was taken into care.The book drags a bit in the middle section.

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    23. Starts off so well, with startlingly evocative prose and some clever typographical tricks. But then doesn't seem to know where to go with itself. The plot peters out and we're left with a character study of the protagonist which, while interesting, isn't quite enough to sustain the book.

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    24. I thought I should read this being epileptic and it wasn't a bad read. Seen the film too and it was well acted and pretty accurate too regarding seizures.

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