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The Wish

by Bill Griffin


Just over 1,000 days ago, Bill Griffin launched Crowdwish, a website and app with a single proposition - it simply asked people what three things they thought they wanted most.

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  • Pages:
  • 224
  • Date of publication:
  • 2nd Feb 2017
  • Publisher:
  • Little, Brown
  • ISBN:
  • 978-1472126160

Wishes poured in from all over the world, with the site promising to take some form of meaningful action for the most up-voted wish every twenty-four hours.

Wishes that have gained national press attention range from the assisting of a woman who wanted to find a half-decent boyfriend (‘just not a dick basically’), duping Katie Hopkins into signing a gagging order and attaching a faux marble plinth to the offices of the Daily Mail.

The Wish reviews 99 of the site’s most popular wishes, and asks: what are the things we really want, how can we get closer to them and how much happier would we be if they were to come true? The result is a snapshot of the hopes, dreams and desires that unite us all, part reflection on a fascinating social experiment, part humorous rumination on the nature of happiness and part instruction manual for life.

The Wish is funny, upbeat and genuinely helpful – each reader is invited to pick one wish from the book that resonates most with them, and email the author for help in making it happen.