Fishbowl by Bradley Somer

I have never felt so emotionally connected, empathetic and inspired by a goldfish before or since I read Fishbowl.


All Ian the goldfish wants is freedom and adventure and when given the chance he leaps, clears the balcony and finds himself airborne. The chapters are told from the point of view of Ian as well as the residents of the Seville on Roxy. There’s Ian’s owner, the handsome grad student, his girlfriend and the other woman, the caretaker that feels undervalued and alone, the construction worker that hides a secret he can’t share and a woman suffering from agoraphobia.


These are only some of the character’s you’ll meet, each more endearing than the last. This book is clever, funny and sometimes emotional. It proves that you never know what is going on behind closed doors and that sometimes, taking a risk is the only way to move forward.


"An entire life devoted to a fishbowl will make one die an old fish with not one adventure had."

Kate, Membership Officer at Mind

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