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.
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.
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.