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Thirty-year-old Lily O'Connor suffers from epilepsy. Abused as a child by her alcoholic mother, she grew up in foster care and is now working as a bingo caller in a dismal seaside town in northern England. After her mother dies, Lily is reunited with her brother Barry, a professional poker player known as Slick. Lily becomes obsessed with locating her other brother, Mikey, who was last seen operating a reptile house. Despite her frequent terrifying seizures, she sets off to London to search for Mikey. At first she is overwhelmed by the chaos of the huge city, but she is determined to start a new life. Along the way, she finds both betrayal and the hope of true friendship. First-time novelist Robinson has succeeded in writing a convincing story from a female perspective while giving us an edgy, gripping look at what it's like to live with epilepsy. Recommended.