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The Authenticity Project: A Novel by [Clare Pooley]

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
NATIONAL BESTSELLER
WINNER OF THE ROMANTIC NOVEL AWARD FOR DEBUT OF THE YEAR
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WASHINGTON POST “FEEL-GOOD BOOK guaranteed to lift your spirits”
WINNER OF WOMAN&HOME'S BEST FEEL-GOOD FICTION
LIBRARY JOURNAL'S BEST POP FICTION OF 2020
REAL SIMPLE'S BEST BOOKS OF 2020

“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, #1 New York Times bestselling author

One of:
USA Today's 5 books not to miss
People Magazine's Book of the Week
New York Post’s Best Books of the Week”
The Washington Post’s “15 feel-good books guaranteed to lift your spirits”
Good Housekeeping UK's 14 of the best feel-good books
Cosmopolitan UK's 13 of the best new good books to read
Her Magazine’s “20 feel good fiction novels”
The Globe and Mail's Seven books to read or gift this Valentine’s Day
Marie Claire (Australia's) Book Club: Must-Reads This April
Bustle's Most Anticipated Books Of February 2020
Global News' On The Radar: Our February entertainment picks
Longlisted for The Guardian's Not the Booker Prize
Audible Canada's Best Audiobooks of 2020
Barnes & Noble's January 2021 Picks


"In a year that was challenging to say the least, this is the book we all needed... In a joyous read, we learn what it means to be real, to put aside the facade and reveal who we really are. A worthy winner."
Woman&Home's Best Feel-Good Fiction

"If this heartwarmer has a main character, it’s a humble green notebook. Left in a café by a lonely, old man (after he’s filled some of its pages with a brutally honest account of his life), it is written in by a cast of characters, each sharing the hopes, dreams, disappointments and secrets they’ve never confessed anywhere else. A ragtag group, they eventually find each other – a sort of epistolary
Love, Actually that feels like an antidote to the isolation of modern life."
—Globe and Mail

"It all feels like a warm hug."
—The Washington Post

"If you enjoyed
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, you might just like The Authenticity Project.... A wonderfully warm, feel-good novel about the power of friendship and connection."
—Cosmopolitan UK

“A well-suited subject for the Instagram era, this book makes you realize that no one's life is what it seems.”
Good Morning America

"a lovely read....A reminder of the importance of friendship and reaching out to others."
Good Housekeeping UK

"The perfect balance of warmth and wit,
The Authenticity Project will make you laugh out loud in lots of places and feel all warm and fuzzy in others."
Marie Claire (Australia)

“Poignant and uplifting.”
―Daily Mail

“An enjoyable, cozy novel that touches on tough topics.”
Kirkus Reviews

“[A] wistful, humorous tale. . . a beautiful and illuminating story of self-creation.”
—Publishers Weekly

“[Pooley] succeeds in persuasively conveying the daily texture of city life, and in creating appealing characters we want to see happy. . . .  [S]everal reversals and a neat twist mean that The Authenticity Project grows stronger toward its end: a rarity for novels. . . .
The Authenticity Project is an enjoyable read that is cozy–or as its British characters would have it, cosy–in the best sense of the word.”
USA Today, starred review

The Authenticity Project cracks the facades that people present to the world and shows what happens when you're willing to share your true self. This is a story of love, of community, of found family, and of forgiveness. A beautiful book with a poignant message, perfect for our time.”
—Jill Santopolo, New York Times bestselling author of The Light We Lost

“Insightful, timely, and utterly addictive, The Authenticity Project illuminates the importance of discovering - and honoring - our truest, most imperfect selves.”
Georgia Hunter,New York Times bestselling author of We Were The Lucky Ones

“The Authenticity Project is a rich roast of great characters, even better relationships, wonderful entanglements, and a few surprises along the way. If Monica’s Cafe were a real place, I’d stop by every day.”
—Laurie Frankel,New York Timesbestselling author ofThis Is How It Always Is

The Authenticity Project reads like a gorgeous box of chocolates: sweet, surprising and impossible not to love.  I found myself cheering, cringing, laughing and crying as I read this book and – above all – remembering the true value of community and human connection.”
—Tara Conklin, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Romantics

“Fans of Fredrik Backman and Gail Honeyman—make room on your shelves for Clare Pooley.
The Authenticity Project is a stunning debut and it left me inspired me to share more of myself with the world.”
—Steven Rowley, bestselling author of The Editor

“It’s full of life’s truths, funny, poignant and ultimately uplifting. I thoroughly enjoyed it.”
—Fanny Blake, author of A Summer Reunion

"One of the best books I’ve read in a long time. Original, engaging, and unforgettable."
—Sarah Morgan, bestselling author of A Wedding in December

“It's a joyous, funny read that leaves you all warm inside.”
—Beth Morrey, author of The Love Story of Missy Carmichael

“Beautifully written, thought provoking, and uplifting,
The Authenticity Project is a warm and endearing tale about truth, friendship and the power of connection. Pooley's characters will stay with you long after you turn the final page. It was a joy to read.”
—Mike Gayle, author of The Hope Family Calendar

“A heart-warming, feel-good story about love, loss and what it means to be human. Pooley’s debut is gloriously upbeat and gorgeously readable.”
—Annabel Abbs, author ofThe Joyce Girl

“A warm, charming tale about the rewards of revealing oneself. . .”

—People
Magazine

“Online, everyone's lives look happy and perfect, which makes Clare Pooley's charmed novel,
The Authenticity Project, a fresh, welcome and necessary change of pace.”
Shelf Awareness

“. . . [A] charming commercial fiction début.

The Bookseller

"The central premise of [
The Authenticity Project] is compelling and clever [and] her cast of characters is varied and relatable, as Pooley skillfully negotiates their interactions . . . [T]he narrative's uplifting and heart-warming qualities are undeniable."
The Irish Times

“The Authenticity Project‘s cast of characters. . . .is by turns quirky and funny, heartbreakingly sad and painfully true-to-life. It’s a story about being brave and putting your real self forward—and finding out that it’s not as scary as it seems. In fact, it looks a lot like happiness. . . .[It] is just the tonic for our times that readers are clamoring for—and one they will take to their hearts and read with unabashed pleasure.”
―Book Of The Day .org

“It's a heartwarming, laughter-and-tears story about the value of friendships and the importance of reaching out to each other.”
―Mail Online

“Heartwarming.”
—Real Simple

“A quirky cast of characters you can't help but root for.”
Woman & Home

About the Author

Clare Pooley graduated from Cambridge University, and then spent twenty years in the heady world of advertising before becoming a full-time writer. Her debut novel, The Authenticity Project, was a New York Times bestseller, and has been translated into twenty-nine languages. Her second novel, Iona Iverson’s Rules for Commuting, is forthcoming. Pooley lives in Fulham, London, with her husband, three children, and two border terriers. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07STRV1RB
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Viking (February 4, 2020)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ February 4, 2020
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1438 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 367 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 9,120 ratings

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Clare Pooley graduated from Newnham College, Cambridge and spent twenty years in the heady world of advertising before becoming a full-time writer.

Clare’s memoir - The Sober Diaries - has helped thousands of people worldwide to quit drinking.

Clare’s first novel - The Authenticity Project - was a BBC Radio 2 Bookclub pick, a New York Times Bestseller and the winner of the RNA debut novel award. It has been translated into 29 languages. Her second novel is coming Spring 2022.

Clare lives in Fulham, London with her long-suffering husband, three children and two dogs.

You can find Clare at www.clarepooley.com or on social media - Twitter @cpooleywriter and Instagram @clare_pooley

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As soon as the lock down began I knew I needed an uplifting read to help me through this tumultuous time and I figured lots of other people would be looking to escape too and so I set up The Pineapple Book Club on Facebook and picked The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley as our first read.
Nearly 200 of us have lost ourselves in this very uplifting book and many of us read it extremely fast, I had to force myself to slow down to make it last as long as possible because I didn't want to leave the characters.
Clare very kindly joined our group and was up for being interviewed about her work too which we all loved hearing about.
There are a few twists and turns in the read which throw up surprises along the way and the main characters really keep you anchored to the main story line and you can't wait to find out what's going to happen to them all.
We loved the concept of the authenticity project too and when asked if we would write in the book, the majority of us thought we would slide it over to the next table and not share our deepest secrets.
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