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 Lily's long-estranged mother dies, and Lily is drawn back into a world she thought she'd left behind. 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.
"Ray Robinson's Electricity is a thorny, uncompromising novel, with attitude. It is also -- thanks to Lily O'Connor, its sharp-edged, hard-living, tough-talking narrator -- mesmerising, uplifting and unexpectedly tender" Jim Crace
"An energetic debut, bristling with talent. It's black, savage, funny and rather uncomfortably haunting" The Times
"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
"This visceral debut novel is narrated by Lily O'Connor, a darkly defiant 30-year-old epileptic whose life is punctuated by violent seizures. Robinson chronicles her desperate pursuit of her brother, Mickey, with a visual language so vivid you're steamrollered right into their subterranean world." Vogue