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By Ray Robinson

ISBN-10: 0802199127

ISBN-13: 9780802199126

Publish 12 months note: First released in 2006
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Lily's epilepsy potential she's used to seeing the realm by way of angles -- you examine each floor, you weigh up each nook, and also you consider your head slamming into it -- yet what may she be like with no her sharp edges? Prickly, spiky, up-front sincere and down-to-earth sensible, Lily is thirty, and life's hard yet she will get via. wanting no-one and soliciting for not anything, it's simply her and her epilepsy: her consistent companion.

But then her mom -- who Lily's no longer obvious for years -- dies, and Lily is drawn again right into a global she inspiration she'd lengthy seeing that left in the back of. compelled to renegotiate the limits of her existence, she realises she has alot to profit -- approximately relationships, concerning the prior, and approximately herself -- and a few tricky judgements prior to her.

'An eviscerating debut novel . . . Its quickly, livid plot, kaleidoscopic imagery, blunt observations and a wry, ingenuous, highly compassionate heroine make "Electricity" a wide ranging attack at the senses' " Guardian"

'An lively debut, bristling with expertise . . . It's black, savage, humorous and fairly uncomfortably haunting' "The Times"

'Ray Robinson's "Electricity" is a thorny, uncompromising novel, with angle. it's also -- because of Lily O'Connor, its sharp-edged, hard-living, tough-talking narrator -- mesmerising, uplifting and all of sudden tender' JIM CRACE

Literary Awards
James Tait Black Memorial Prize Nominee for Fiction (2006)

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Sharron) I do self-harm a fair bit. I cut my arms with a razor or a Stanley knife blade. I tend to do it when I’m feeling horribly anxious because it seems the only way to clear the anxiety. I know this sounds ridiculous, but because the anxiety makes me think something bad is about to happen, harming myself is the bad thing that happens, and then the anxiety goes because I can convince myself that nothing else bad will happen. ’ (Paul) Q13. Are the symptoms of bipolar disorder linked to the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder?

And I’m watching, always watching. Is she too quiet? Does she seem agitated? Why did she just say that? I can’t switch this off ... It’s just automatic. My dad and my brother look for tell-tale signs too, and we compare notes if we think an episode is brewing. There are warning clues we all recognize – Mum coming downstairs in the middle of the night to make herself a cup of tea, for example, which to anyone else would seem so ridiculously innocent, but we know always means trouble. Another warning sign is more poignant.

What a wonderful way to shop. I didn’t need to carry the bags home because, when I got back to the hotel, all the clothes I had bought were hanging in the wardrobe. I rented a Rolls Royce with a chauffeur to get me round London. I stayed there for five or six days and spent over £10,000 on the credit card. I was having such a great time. I wish you could leave me on a high with an American Express card. It took me years to pay it back. ’ (George) PSYCHOSIS Q10. What is psychosis? Sometimes an episode of mania can become so extreme that the manic person experiences wild delusions, extreme paranoia and hallucinations.

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