I, Ada: Ada Lovelace by Julia Gray
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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 . . .
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Confession time.. I don’t think I’d ever heard of Ada Lovelace before receiving this novel! As someone who has always adored mathematics and computers, I was quite disgusted with myself for not knowing about the famous mathematician and computer programmer named Ada Lovelace, so when I was offered the opportunity to discover more about this inspiring woman through Julia Gray’s new novel, I was delighted.
I, Ada is a biographical account of the life of Ada Lovelace from the age of five to the end of her teenage years, it’s a novel bolstered by the author’s imagination in parts but mostly factual. It is most definitely an educational tale, not only about Ada herself but about the attempts of a young daughter to find herself and where she belongs in the world whilst figuring out the relationships she has or hasn’t had with her parents.
This novel is both educational and fascinating, for readers who prefer novels to non-fiction it’s a way of delving into the depths of history without being drowned in boring statements and facts. Julia Gray’s narrative of Ada was entertaining, she was a very inquisitive child who was determined to do as she wanted, much to her mother’s chagrin. Set during the 19th century but written in a well paced and easy to follow manner, the novel is split into sections of Ada’s life, we follow her story as she grows and matures and finds the path she chooses.
A novel depicting an almost forgotten pioneer of her time, Ada Lovelace deserves to be written about, I hope this novel will ensure her story falls into the hands of many more readers and inspire generations of computer programmers and mathematicians to reach their goals and achieve more than what is laid out for them in life. I thoroughly enjoyed I, Ada: Ada Lovelace by Julia Gray and would definitely recommend it to anyone who would like to learn more about this inspiring woman.