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Tales of the City as seen by a goldfish - a charming and highly original literary novel

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Bradley Somer was born in Sydney, Australia and grew up in Canada. His short fiction has appeared in literaryjournals, reviews and anthologies.


Amazing * Cosmopolitan *
Quirky, ambitious, with a touch of serendipity * Red Magazine *
Refreshingly original...quirky and colourful - if you want something different and unexpected to read this summer, this is definitely a break from the norm. **** * Heat Magazine *
You'll fall in love with this great book and its quirky characters * Bella *
To decide to weave an intricate ensemble tale around the everyday lives, hopes and desires of those who occupy a high-rise apartment block is ambitious. To then decide that the hero of the story will be a philosophical goldfish - and that the novel's ending will be given away inside the opening chapter - is just plain ballsy. But Canadian writer Bradley Somer pulls off the feat with ease. * Shortlist *
Brilliant and quirky * Sun on Sunday, Fabulous Magazine *
Quirky fun...I couldn't help falling (sorry!) for such a clever, irrepressible read * Woman and Home *
An irrepressible novel-breezy, funny, sexy, and bursting with life. Bradley Somer has enormous affection and empathy for his cast of all-too-human characters (including the goldfish named Ian). -- Tom Perrotta
Fishbowl boasts an abundance of mordant whimsy -- James Morrow * author of Galapagos Regained *
Touching and well-written. * Kirkus *
Enjoyable touches of farce and wry asides abound, underscoring moments of reckoning in eccentric, yet deeply human, dilemmas * Publisher's Weekly *
Although Ian has only a goldfish's seconds-long capacity for memory, readers will find themselves returning to the essential truths of Somer's characters again and again * American Bookseller's Association *
Take the tumble with Ian. Perhaps like me you will fall, end over end, through these pages: expectant, engaged, enthused, curious, entranced, alarmed. Bradley Somer's captivating first novel is a delight -- Laura McBride * author of the #1 Indie Next Pick We Are Called to Rise *
Somer writes with game-changing empathy and curiosity. [He] tackles loneliness, life, love and death with wit and sensitivity, and the novel's message - that "no single person lives their own life; we all live each other's together" - is one that warrants repeating, even at a goldfish's rate of recollection. * The Globe and Mail *
The quaint lesson of Mr. Somer's bagatelle is that people should take flight from the narrow confines of their fears and find adventure in the wider world of others. That, and get their bored fish a companion or two. * The Wall Street Journal *
a very unconventional exploration of human foibles... Fishbowl is a marvellous portrayal of the tentative - and often funny - ways human beings muddle about trying to connect with one another. * The Toronto Star *
I loved the whimsy in "Fishbowl." The characters are imaginative and bright, yet still clearly fiction. * The Daily Reporter *
What other book can boast a goldfish as both the protagonist and eyewitness to the characters, dramas and events that unfold? Bradley Somer's engaging UK debut novel, Fishbowl, does just that, taking the reader on a unique journey of escapism. * Culture Fly *

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