Ray Robinson

Ray Robinson

An award-winning short story writer, novelist and screenwriter, Ray Robinson first won attention in 2006 with his debut novel, Electricity (Picador, 2006). It was shortlisted for both the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and the Authors' Club First Novel Award. 

Robinson's other novels are The Man Without (Picador, 2008), Forgetting Zoe (Heinemann, 2010), and Jawbone Lake (Heinemann, 2014).

Forgetting Zoe was the 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.

Robinson is a post-graduate of Lancaster University, where he was awarded a Ph.D. in Creative Writing in 2006, and is a Literary Mentor and Reader 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. Author photo © Leanne Bolger.

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Isn’t it time you read . . . ?

Isn’t it time you read . . . ?

There are heaps of literary anniversaries coming up this year, so there’s never been a better time to pick up those classic books that have been sitting on your shelves for as long as you can remember. 

Ray Robinson interview: ‘I’ve never understood this fetishisation of books as objects’

Ray Robinson interview: ‘I’ve never understood this fetishisation of books as objects’

Writer Ray Robinson on writing, reading and working on the film adaptation of his novel Electricity.

When did you decide that you wanted to be a writer?

I’ve always wanted to be a writer, though I’ve no idea why, or where the idea came from, as there weren’t any books in my house when I was growing up; no fireside-father reading Jack London; no bedtime-mother reading fairy tales. But I come from family of inveterate bull-shitters, so I guess you can say I was immersed in a strong oral tradition of storytelling from an early age. I wrote my first book when I was sixteen but I didn’t actually read a novel until I was eighteen. I’m a bit like Victoria Beckham in that respect...

Electricity starring Agyness Deyn

Electricity starring Agyness Deyn

Electricity tells the story of Lily, whose 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.

The screenplay, starring Agyness Deyn, is adapted from Ray Robinson's novel that we first published in 2006.