Romantic Novelists' Association

The Authenticity Project

Clare Pooley

Bantam Press

The Romantic Novel of the Year Awards

The Debut Romantic Novel Award 2021

Sponsored by Katie Fforde

About the book

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.

About the author

The Authenticity Project was inspired by my own experience. 6 years ago, my life looked perfect from the outside, but the truth was very different. I was horribly addicted to alcohol, and my world was falling apart. I quit drinking and started a blog – Mummy was a Secret Drinker. Sharing my truth in those pages transformed my life, and the lives of thousands of people who read it. This got me thinking: what magic might happen if other people shared their authentic selves? And that led to the idea of Julian’s little green notebook: The Authenticity Project.