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I, Ada

Written by Julia Gray

Key Stage 4 Historical Fiction People / Places Romance / Relationship Stories Science True Stories

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Exhilarating novel about the early life of the world’s first computer programmer

Ada Lovelace: Rebel. Genius. Visionary

At once a passionate portrait of a scientifically seminal young woman, and a fascinating account of the lives of well-to-women in the early 19th-century, I Ada lays bare the many faces of Ada Lovelace. Ada the inquisitive. Ada the adventuress. Ada the visionary genius who defied convention to become the world’s first computer programmer, the seeds of which are sown in this portrayal of her early life. Driven by drama and a spirit of affection, this is as lively as it is informative.


Fathered by flamboyant, notorious Lord Byron, it’s perhaps no wonder how easily Ada slips “into the unbordered realms of the imagination” as a child living on her grandparents’ country estate. Ada thinks of him often, and wonders why her mother speaks little of him. But then, Ada’s relationship with her strict, distant mother is often strained. Ada’s flighty tendencies jar with Lady Byron’s more rigid intellectual outlook. But they’re both inspired by their Grand Tour of Europe - Lady Byron seizes an opportunity to research ideas for her progressive school, while Ada’s mind is opened to a world of possibilities.


Back in England, Ada’s desires are constrained by societal conventions, though female thinkers and mathematicians are among her circle, and then she meets a revolutionary inventor whose work chimes with her own innovative scientific ideas…

Joanne Owen

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To be released alongside a brand-new, free podcast ‘On the rADAr’ featuring prominent women in science recorded by Julia Gray.

I, Ada Synopsis

Ada Byron is rich and clever, but she longs to be free. Free to explore all the amazing ideas that come to her imagination, like flying mechanical horses and stories inspired by her travels.

Free to find love and passion beyond the watchful gaze of her mother and governesses.

And free to learn the full truth about her father, the notorious Lord Byron.

Then Ada meets a man whose invention might just change the world - and he needs her visionary brilliance to bring it to life . . .

A wonderfully witty and poignant portrayal of the young life of Ada Lovelace, the 19th-century mathematician who is hailed as the world's first computer programmer.

I, Ada Press Reviews

Gray beautifully tells the part-fictionalised life of Ada ... vividly pictures Ada's gilded, isolated childhood -- Children's Book of the Week - The Times

A witty, poignant portrayal of the young life of the 19th century mathematician - The Bookseller

So atmospheric, totally absorbing, I LOVED it. Just like I loved Ada. You will too -- Maggie Harcourt 

An enjoyable read for its own sake this book would also be valuable in the classroom with its obvious curriculum links to STEAM subjects and to Ada Lovelace Day marked in October - Just Imagine

A book to inspire and enrich, to learn more about Ada, and maybe pursue science and/ or the poems of Byron - Books for Keeps

Praise for Little Liar;

This gripping psychological thriller, crackling with the intensities of female friendship, confirms [Julia Gray] as a highly original new talent in YA fiction - The Bookseller

Praise for The Otherlife;

Stunning... a searing satire on the pressures that privileged children are put under by pushy parents. - New Statesman 

Book Information

ISBN: 9781839130076
Publication date: 3rd September 2020
Author: Julia Gray
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 336 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 4
Topics: Historical Fiction, People / Places, Romance / Relationship Stories, Science, True Stories

About Julia Gray

Julia Gray is a writer and singer-songwriter. She studied Classics at UCL and has a diploma in Children's Literature and an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck, for which she received the Sophie Warne Fellowship. She has released three albums with the trip-hop/jazz collective Second Person, and more recently two solo albums, I Am Not The Night and Robber Bride.

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