The Goldfish Boy


From his bedroom Matthew Corbin attends to the business of the neighbours of his suburban street. Safe behind his bedroom window, encased in latex gloves, with Wallpaper Lion for company, he does not have to face the consternation and contamination of the outside world.

When Mr Charles’ grandson disappears, Matthew’s observations become more relevant to him, an investigation team, a neighbour, Melody, and his once friend Jake. Does Matthew hold the key to Teddy’s whereabouts?

While the story appears to hold a superficial similarity to Mark Haddon’s ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime’, ‘The Goldfish Boy‘ is its own. It is an all too realistic,  relevant, gripping, sad and funny story. Readers who long for really interesting, well researched, character driven stories will appreciate ‘The Goldfish Boy’ particularly. We recommend it to them, unequivocally.


The Goldfish Boy

Lisa Thompson, illustrations by Mark Lowery


In ‘The Goldfish Boy’ we join Matthew Corbin in his ‘goldfish bowl’, a self-imposed prison of cleanliness and safety where he surveys the comings-and-goings of ‘a quiet, dead-end street’. Life from Matthew’s window becomes less predictable when his neighbour’s grandchild goes missing. Who was the last to see him? ‘The Goldfish Boy’ is the choice for readers who long to be completely engrossed by a well told story.


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