Lockdown Library – Lisa Thompson

Apr 22, 2020

Today on #LockdownLibrary we have the wonderful Lisa Thompson reading from her first novel, The Goldfish Boy.

PFD’s Lockdown Library is a new project bringing together our wonderful authors to offer up some fun, learning and relaxation during these strange times. We’ll be posting regular book readings, short talks and Lockdown Lunches from our chefs, so be sure to follow our Twitter and Instagram(both @pfdagents) to see when there’s something new in the #LockdownLibrary.

Lisa Thompson is a children’s novelist born in Essex, UK. Her debut novel, The Goldfish Boy, was published in the UK in January 2017, where it was a Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month and went on to become a bestseller. The US version was published by Scholastic Inc in February 2017 and was given a starred review by Kirkus Reviews. The Goldfish Boy has been nominated for the Carnegie Medal, The Branford Boase Award and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. It has been sold to many territories around the world.

Lisa’s second novel, The Light Jar, was published in the UK in 2018 and The Day I Was Erased was published in the UK in 2019. Her novella, Owen and the Soldier (with Barrington Stoke) was also published in the UK in 2019 and was shortlisted for the Blue Peter Awards 2020. Her most recent novel, The Boy Who Fooled the World, was published by Scholastic i the UK in January 2020.

Before becoming a novelist, Lisa worked as a broadcast assistant for BBC Radio 2 and CPL Productions where she got to make tea for lots of famous people. She lives in Suffolk, UK with her family.


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‘The Goldfish Boy’ tells the story of twelve-year-old Matthew, trapped in his bedroom by crippling OCD, who spends most of his time staring out of his window as the inhabitants of Chestnut Close go about their business. That is, until the day he is the last person to see his next door neighbour’s toddler, Teddy, before he goes missing. Matthew must turn detective and unravel the mystery of Teddy’s disappearance – with the help of a brilliant cast of supporting characters. Page-turning, heartbreaking, but ultimately life-affirming, this story is perfect for fans of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time and Wonder. It is a book that will make you laugh and cry.