The Authenticity Project - Clare Pooley

The Authenticity Project

By Clare Pooley

  • Release Date: 2020-02-04
  • Genre: Contemporary
Score: 4.5
From 286 Ratings


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

'Feel-good...full of hope. A quirky cast of characters you can't help but root for'
Woman & Home, Book of the Month

Read the warm, poignant and uplifting New York Times bestseller and Radio 2 Book Club pick, loved by readers.

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.

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.'


  • Loved it

    By Kerryt6
    Brilliant book. If you love Ove and Eleanor you’ll love Monica and co.
  • The Authenticity Project

    By Squeek49
    A extremely entertaining and enjoyable book, full of wise words, how I wish ‘real’ life was more like it!
  • The Authenticity Project

    By Squawk the Seagull
    I’ve read some good books lately, but this one tops the lot. Interesting, brave, terrific read and - not surprisingly - authentic itself. Please, please, write another book quickly! And thanks for writing this one.
  • Make time to visit Monica’s cafe

    By Swindonmum
    Thank you to Transworld Publishers and Random House UK for a digital review copy - my thoughts are my own. After seeing great reviews for this book, I finally started reading my review copy last night. I read about half last night and then used our enforced staying at home time to finish the book this morning. I was desperate to find out what happened but also didn't want the story to finish. I loved the story telling in this book, the way the lives of the strangers become entwined as they each embark on their journeys of self discovery, how they face up to what happened in their pasts and how they move forward, all aided by The Authenticity Project book. As other reviewers have commented, this would make a good film or TV series. One of my favourite books of 2020 - uplifting and enjoyable.