Released on 04 September 2008.

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3.65 based on 156 ratings & 20 reviews on

2006 Long-listed

Waverton Good Read Award


Electricity is now a film starring Agyness Deyn.

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.

In the media

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
An energetic debut, bristling with talent . . . It's black, savage, funny and rather uncomfortably haunting
The Times
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, from Blackpool to London with a visual language so vivid you're steamrollered right into their subterranean world.