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Electricity

(2006)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction Best Book (nominee)
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 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, and surviving, and 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 a lot 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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Praise for this book

"Ray Robinson's Electricity is a thorny, uncompromising novel, with attitude." - Jim Crace

"Electricity is an extraordinary feat of linguistic ventriloquism; touching, beautiful, and compelling. I'll never forget it." - Niall Griffiths


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Paperback Editions

December 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: Electricity: Film tie-in
Author(s): Ray Robinson
ISBN: 1-4472-7494-6 / 978-1-4472-7494-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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August 2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: Electricity
Author(s): Ray Robinson
ISBN: 0-8021-7035-8 / 978-0-8021-7035-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press, Black Cat
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March 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: Electricity
Author(s): Ray Robinson
ISBN: 0-330-44069-1 / 978-0-330-44069-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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March 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: Electricity
Author(s): Ray Robinson
ISBN: 0-330-44450-6 / 978-0-330-44450-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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Audio Editions

January 2011 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Electricity
Author(s): Ray Robinson
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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January 2011 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Electricity
Author(s): Ray Robinson
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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January 2011 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Electricity
Author(s): Ray Robinson
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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November 2010 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Electricity
Author(s): Ray Robinson
ISBN: 1-4074-6327-6 / 978-1-4074-6327-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

September 2008 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Electricity: Film tie-in
Author(s): Ray Robinson
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


December 2007 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Electricity
Author(s): Ray Robinson
Publisher: Grove Press, Black Cat
Availability: Amazon