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 a lot 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
‘An energetic debut, bristling with talent . . . It's black, savage, funny and rather uncomfortably haunting’ The Times
'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