I, Ada: Rebel. Genius. Visionary

Binding: Paperback

Imprint: Andersen Press

Age 12+

Historical Fiction Romance & Relationships Stories True Stories

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.


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 triphop/jazz collective Second Person, and more recently two solo albums, I Am Not The Night and Robber Bride.


Gray beautifully tells the part-fictionalised life of Ada … vividly pictures Ada’s gilded, isolated childhood

The Times

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

The Bookseller

Marries meticulous research with absorbing readability, wit and lightness of touch


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

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

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