The Authenticity Project

Clare Pooley

Everybody lies about their lives. What would happen if you shared the truth instead?

This is the question that Julian Jessop, an eccentric, seventy-nine-year-old artist writes in a pale green exercise book labelled The Authenticity Project, before leaving it in Monica’s Café on the Fulham Road.

Monica gave up her career as a high-flying lawyer to run her own café, but it isn’t going as well as she hoped. On finding Julian’s notebook, she in turn writes her own truth about her desire for a baby before passing the Project on. But having read his story, Monica’s immediate plan is to find a way to bring Julian out of his loneliness.

Hazard is the next to pick up the book – he is an addict who is desperate to finally part from his vices but cannot quite face his own truth yet. Instead, he becomes determined to find Monica her dream partner, so she can have the baby she longs for.

The Authenticity Project weaves its way between six characters, who all share unexpected truths about themselves in its pages and are slowly brought together.

Their lives become intertwined as they discover both the power, and the danger, of honesty.


I loved The Authenticity Project. It has such an intriguing premise, wonderful characters and is utterly truthful about the lies that we all tell. It’s a clever, uplifting book that entertains and makes you think.

Sophie Kinsella, No. 1 bestselling author of Can You Keep a Secret?
Sophie Kinsella , No. 1 bestselling author of Can You Keep a Secret?


Uplifting book club fiction

UK Publication

PRH / Transworld, April 2020

US Publication

PRH / Pam Dorman Books, April 2020

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