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The Authenticity Project Reviews

The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley

The Authenticity Project

Clare Pooley

4.00 out of 5

3 reviews

Imprint: Bantam Press
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publication date: 2 Apr 2020
ISBN: 9781787631793

Six strangers with one universal 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 cafe, 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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4 stars out of 5
Alice O'Keeffe
10 Jan 2020

"A charming and heart-warming tale about the importance of friendship and reaching out to others"

A lead debut for Transworld in 2020, and it's lovely; the story of six strangers drawn together by a notebook, and the desire for honesty. Lonely octogenarian Julian writes down the truth about his life in a green notebook, and abandons it in a Fulham cafe where it is found, and read, by the owner Monica who is then compelled to tell of her own worries, and be truthful. The novel is inspired by the author's own decision to be honest about her alcohol addiction (The Sober Diaries). A charming and heart-warming tale about the importance of friendship and reaching out to others.


4 stars out of 5
22 Apr 2020

"a heartfealt and ultimately joyous read"

From the author of The Sober Diaries omes Clare Pooley's first novel, which introduces us to a group of intriguing characters- and none of them are quite what they seem. Flamboyant artist Julian Jessop is stricken with guilt abou his past. Wanting to share his truth, he writes it in a green notebook and leaves it for someone to find, but he could never imagine the impact it will have on the people it reaches. In a heartfealt and ultimately joyous read, we learn what it means to open up to who we really are. 

4 stars out of 5
9 Apr 2020

"this poignant and uplifting read"

So the book brings together a disparate group: the café owner who longs for a baby; an addict trying to get clean; an Instagram influencer whose life behind the camera is quite different from the image she projects; an Australian tourist living a lie.

The difference made by opening up to others is beneficial to all of them. Pooley handles her cast with brio as new relationships are formed and lives are changed in this poignant and uplifting read.