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Lisa Thompson
Born 5 May 1973 (1973-05-05) (ageĀ 47)
London, Britian
Occupation Children's writer
Spouse(s) Stuart
Children Ben, Isobel

Lisa Thompson (born 1973) is an English children's book author.


Thompson was born and raised in the London Borough of Havering (Hornchurch, Upminster), England. After leaving school at age 16, she worked in insurance for a couple of years. In 1991, she joined the BBC, eventually becoming a radio broadcast assistant. She left the BBC in 2002 and later became a freelance radio broadcast assistant with an independent production company. At age 43, Thompson debuted her first book.


Thompson's debut novel, The Goldfish Boy, was published by Scholastic in 2017. A review in Kirkus wrote that the book "strikes the perfect balance, seemingly without compromise, between an issue-driven novel and one with broad, commercial appeal." The Goldfish Boy was a national bestseller and was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize.

Thompson published The Day I Was Erased (2019) and The Boy Who Fooled the World (2020).

Thompson's first novella, Owen and the Soldier (2019), was published by Barrington Stoke and became the first dyslexia-friendly title to be shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards. That same year, Thompson contributed a short story to Return to Wonderland, a collection of new stories set in Lewis Carroll's fictional world.

Her second novella, The House of Clouds, was published in 2020 and the following year The Graveyard Riddle revisited characters from her first novel, The Goldfish Boy.

Personal life

Thompson lives with her husband Stuart and their two children, Ben and Isobel.

Published works


Title Year Publisher
The Goldfish Boy 2017 Scholastic
The Light Jar 2018 Scholastic
The Day I Was Erased 2019 Scholastic
The Boy Who Fooled the World 2020 Scholastic
The Graveyard Riddle 2021 Scholastic


Title Year Publisher
Owen and the Soldier 2019 Barrington Stoke
The House of Clouds 2020 Barrington Stoke

Short stories

Title From Year Publisher
The Knave of Hearts Return to Wonderland (Various authors) 2019 Macmillan Children's Books
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