Clare Pooley

Clare Pooley graduated from Newnham College, Cambridge and spent twenty years in the heady world of advertising before becoming a full-time mum. She is the author of the hugely popular blog, Mummy was a Secret Drinker, under the pseudonym Sober Mummy and her memoir, The Sober Diaries was published by Hodder in 2017 to critical acclaim. Her blog has had over two million hits and she recently gave a TEDx talk titled Making Sober Less Shameful.

Clare’s debut novel The Authenticity Project will be published in 2020. Her fiction is, in part, inspired by the twenty years Clare spent in advertising, a world where the line between authenticity and fiction is constantly blurred. But it was also informed by her own experience of exposing the rather grubby truth about her seemingly perfect life in her memoir.

Clare lives in Fulham, London with her long-suffering husband, three children, dog and a cupboard filled with alcohol-free beer.



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?

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