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Electricity

by Ray Robinson
£7.99   paperback  Pan Macmillan (Picador) (2007)

Electricity by Ray Robinson Told in fits and starts, Electricity is an edgy, compelling novel and a distinctive debut.
 
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. Needing no-one and asking for nothing, it's 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. 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.

"An eviscerating debut novel . . . Its fast, furious plot, kaleidoscopic imagery, blunt observations and a wry, ingenuous, hugely compassionate heroine make Electricity a breathtaking assault on the senses."
(Guardian)

ISBN 13: 9780330440691 | ISBN 10: 0330440691