#BookReview The Authenticity Project @cpooleywriter @TransworldBooks #TellYourTruth @annecater #RandomThingsTours


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 cafΓ©, 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


This story was just wonderful. A heart warming book that makes you feel all mushy inside. It had me smiling, laughing, crying and on a few occasions tutting loudly at the characters. A fantastic debut novel.

I love the concept of this book, so much so that I’m even considering starting up my own authenticity project 😊 I love these types of ideas, were people leave random articles around the community for a stranger to find and get happiness from.

Here Julian has left a notebook in Monica’s cafe. In the notebook he writes a bit about his life and how he wished he could have changed something’s about it. He then asks that the next recipient to write their truth and pass it on.

What follows is a beautiful tale of how each characters life who comes across the notebook changes. Each show that an act of kindness is beneficial to many. And, that some acts of kindness don’t have to be elaborate, it’s the simple things in life that matter.

I just loved Julian in this book, from his fashion sense to his endless tales of his former life. I wanted to be Julian’s friend and while away the time with him drinking by the admiral’s grave. (You’ll have to read the story to understand the meaning)

I could see this story easily adapted to a film, and be one of those Christmas feel good movies. I can’t fault this story really. It was a lovely esacpe from reality and I got deeply sucked into each characters life.

Buy this book it will make you smile. And, if you want buy it for a friend #bekind 😊

✍🏻 About The Author ✍🏼

Clare Pooley graduated from Newnham College, Cambridge and spent twenty years in the heady world of advertising.

When Clare realised that she was drinking way too much, she quit, and started a blog called Mummy was a Secret Drinker, which became a memoir – The Sober Diaries.

The Authenticity Project, Clare’s first novel, was inspired by her experience of telling the truth about her life.

Thanks to Anne #RandomThingsTours for my stop on the blog tour. And, thanks to the publishers for my gifted digital copy.

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