Clare Pooley

The Authenticity Project
  • The Authenticity Project

  • The Radio 2 Book Club pick, perfect for fans of The Flatshare

    'This is the feel-good story, full of hope, that we all need to read right now.' Woman & Home, Book of the Month

    'A joyous, funny read that leaves you all warm inside' Beth Morrey, author of Saving Missy


    Six strangers with one thing in common: their lives aren't always what they make them out to be.

    What would happen if they told the truth instead?

    Julian Jessop is tired of hiding the deep loneliness he feels. So he begins The Authenticity Project - a small green notebook containing the truth about his life.

    Leaving the notebook on a table in his friendly neighbourhood café, Julian never expects Monica, the owner, to track him down after finding it. Or that she'll be inspired to write down her own story.

    Little do they realize that such small acts of honesty hold the power to impact all those who discover the notebook and change their lives completely.

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    Readers are falling in love with The Authenticity Project:


    ***** 'A charming, funny and uplifting story.'
    ***** 'Full of optimism . . . I defy anyone not to pick it up and be both transported and delighted.'
    ***** 'An absolute gem of a book . . . brings both honesty and the perfect level of escapism to give you a warm fuzzy glow inside.'

Clare Pooley graduated from Cambridge and spent twenty years in the heady world of advertising, where the line between authenticity and fiction is constantly blurred, before becoming a full-time mum. She is the author of the popular blog, Mummy was a Secret Drinker, and her memoir The Sober Diaries was published in 2017 to critical acclaim. Her blog has had over two million hits and her TEDx talk, Making Sober Less Shameful, has had over 110,000 views. Clare's debut novel The Authenticity Project is inspired by her decision to expose the rather grubby truth about her seemingly perfect life. She writes from her kitchen table in Fulham, London where she lives with her long-suffering husband, three children, and two dogs.


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