I review The Wish: The 99 Things We Think We Want Most 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.
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.
If you don’t know what Crowdwish is, you’re seriously missing out. Every day, Crowdwish grants the most popular wish on their website. From helping the homeless to making people feel beautiful, from supporting feminism to giving career advice, Crowdwish is for absolutely everyone.
On the 8th of March 2017, my wish for the Cornish Reading Challenge to be promoted came to the top, and was granted. I’ve always found the people at Crowdwish to be lovely and helpful, and I’m so pleased they’ll be joining in the the reading challenge this year.
Bill Griffin and the team at Crowdwish do excellent work, helping the community and spreading the love. The book, The Wish, is a unique, lovely little collection of wishes, and has been released with 99 different covers. If you need a little pick-me-up, pick up The Wish, and get involved with their online community.