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You Wish

You Wish 1

by Lia Weston
Publication Date: 27/03/2018
5/5 Rating 1 Reviews
RRP  $29.99 $28.95

Sometimes imagination is not enough.

Thomas Lash grants secret wishes . . . on-screen, that is.

White wedding gone horribly wrong and need to swap the groom? Never went to university but must have a graduation photo? Need to create a fake family for that job interview? Problem solved with expert Photoshopping and Tom's peculiar ability to know exactly what you desire. Tom never says no, even when giving grieving parents the chance to see what the lives of their lost children may have looked like.

But where do you draw the line . . . and what happens when the fantasy Tom sees on-screen starts to bleed into his real life?

Contemporary fiction
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Pan Macmillan Australia
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Lia Weston

In between writing novels, Lia Weston runs a bicycle shop in Adelaide with her husband, Pete, and also works as a freelance copyeditor.

You Wish is her third novel.

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5 / 5 (1 Ratings)
  • a funny, heart-warming and thought-provoking read

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    You Wish is the third novel by Australian author, Lia Weston. Artist Tom Lash’s uncanny ability to discern, at first glance, what a person really wants has, coupled with his creative skill (and the input of friends with financial and marketing acumen), morphed into a profitable business. IF produces bespoke albums of images for every occasion, for every dream. And corrections for every nightmare.

    Although his parents, his best friend and his girlfriend believe he is wasting his artistic gift and should be producing “real” art, Tom is happy doing what he does. And if he occasionally scratches that artistic itch with a bit of anonymous street art, that’s nobody’s business but his own.

    But then his girlfriend’s criticism goes a step too far, and Tom finds himself in the middle of a very public dumping. As the dumper. That puts him in everyone’s bad books. Thank goodness for work. But no, something’s going on there too. His co-founders want to head in a direction Tom’s not comfortable going. And when he fields a certain customer complaint, he becomes even more concerned.

    Weston gives the reader a charming story that also tackles a few topical issues. Her plot is easily believable, with a few twists and an unexpectedly exciting climax. Weston’s characters are appealing, if also at times irritating or exasperating. They’re the sort of people we encounter every day, whether in person or in the media, and their dialogue is familiar and natural. The rapport between Tom and his little sister Gen is especially delightful.

    In these days of relentless social media, Weston’s tale will make the reader think twice about images of themselves online and how these might be used. For all that, there’s also plenty of humour, a bit of heartache, infidelity (both real and presumed), bizarre health food concoctions, a cute five-year-old, betrayal of trust, a real lump-in-the-throat moment, and a fox. This is a funny, heart-warming and thought-provoking read.