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Can this shocking new feeling be love, or is it electrickery?

In a lowly side-show fair in eighteenth-century England, teenager Mim is struggling to find her worth as an act. Not white, but not black enough to be truly exotic, her pet parrot who speaks four languages is a bigger draw than her. But Alex, the one-armed boxer boy, sees her differently. And she, too, feels newly interested in him.

But then Dr Fox arrives with his scientific kit for producing 'electrickery' - feats of electrical magic these bawdy audiences have never seen before. To complete his act, Fox chooses Mim to play the 'Electrical Venus'. Her popularity - and the electric-shocking kisses she can provide for a penny - mean takings are up, slop is off the menu and this spark between her and Fox must surely be love.

But is this starring role her true worth, or is love worth more than a penny for an electrifying kiss?

An intoxicating and atmospheric coming of age story set in the filth and thrill of a travelling show during the height of the Georgian Enlightenment.

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A welcome reminder that the terms 'literary fiction' and 'young adult' are not mutually exclusive: a sophisticated text offering up both intellectual and emotional pleasures. A must-read. Author: Claire Hennessy Source: The Irish Times

A magical book, with magical characters: outsiders, adventurers and misfits battling for love and acceptance in the harsh underworld of the travelling fair. I was rooting for Mim and Alex all the way. Mayhew's language zips and sparkles on the page like the Electrical Venus's own 'electrickery' Source: Maria McCann

A great feminist historical fiction novel with a romance and a PoC heroine who leaps from the page. I raced through this book Source: Laura Noakes

Mayhew's a fantastically evocative writer and her decision to tell the story as (mostly) a series of one-sided conversations keeps us engrossed while moving the narrative along at a terrific pace. It's easy to see how The Electrical Venus originally began life as a BBC radio play. There are also several themes in this book that are just as compelling as the central story - this is as much a book about lost childhood and the need to realise your dreams as much as it is a romance. Mayhew also does fine work of weaving disability, race and gender into the discussion. The Electrical Venus may be set in Georgian England, but its subtext is very contemporary and timelessly important Source: Starburst Magazine

Mayhew builds tension like no other, positively choking us with it. Mim is a great character, naive for sure but positively hopeful. She reminds me of many young girls, waiting to reach their full potential. Naively fumbling about until you figure out what you really want. Alex is by far the most charming of characters, positively electrifying. And George the parrot keeps the spirit of the travelling show alive Source: A Writer's Desires

This is such a fun, magical little read all with the slightly sinister undercurrent of what true poverty was in Georgian England Source: Island Girl Reads

This is an electrifying read and one for the adventurous reader, reminiscent as it is of the writing of both Leon Garfield and Angela Carter Source: Books For Keeps

The Electrical Venus is a coming-of-age story in which Mim develops her confidence and understands her self-worth. It is a turbulent journey of unrequited love, false love and true love Source: Armadillo Magazine

I really enjoyed this book, and if you fancy something a little different I'd urge you to give it a go Source: Berkhamstead Living

It's such an incredibly beautiful book Source: Fantastic Book Dragon
From the Author:
Julie Mayhew is the author of Red Ink (shortlisted for the 2014 Branford Boase Award), The Big Lie (winner of the 2016 Sidewise Award for Alternate History) and the critically acclaimed Mother Tongue. She also writes for the stage and for film, and has been twice nominated for Best Original Drama at the BBC Audio Drama Awards for her radio plays -including a 2016 recognition for the The Electrical Venus, the drama on which this book is based. Julie grew up in Peterborough and originally trained as a journalist, then as an actress, before turning to writing because she couldn't find enough brilliant roles for girls.
www.juliemayhew.co.uk
Twitter: @juliemayhew
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  • Publication date2018
  • ISBN 10 1471407047
  • ISBN 13 9781471407048
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