Clare Pooley – The Authenticity Project

A clever, uplifting book that entertains and makes you think. (Sophie Kinsella, number-one New York Times best-selling author)

The story of a solitary green notebook that brings together six strangers and leads to unexpected friendship, and even love.

Julian Jessop, an eccentric, lonely artist and septuagenarian believes that most people arent really honest with each other. But what if they were? And so he writes – in a plain, green journal – the truth about his own life and leaves it in his local caf. Its run by the incredibly tidy and efficient Monica, who furtively adds her own entry and leaves the book in the wine bar across the street. Before long, the others who find the green notebook add the truths about their own deepest selves – and soon find each other In Real Life at Monicas Caf.

The Authenticity Projects cast of characters – including Hazard, the charming addict who makes a vow to get sober; Alice, the fabulous mommy Instagrammer whose real life is a lot less perfect than it looks online; and their other new friends – is by turns quirky and funny, heartbreakingly sad and painfully true to life. Its a story about being brave and putting your real self forward – and finding out that its not as scary as it seems. In fact, it looks a lot like happiness.

The Authenticity Project is just the tonic for our times that listeners are clamoring for – and one they will take to their hearts and listen to with unabashed pleasure.

Author: Clare Pooley
Narrator: Anna Cordell
Duration: 10 hours 25 minutes
Released: 20 Apr 2002
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Language: English

User Review:

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I was impatient with this novel in the beginning. The set up was quite complicated and not that compelling. I managed to keep listening and was rewarded with a deeply moving story. Sometimes insights were so targeted, I gasped. I believe I forgave my self for feeling some of the feelings expressed. Well done, Clare Pooley!

Anna Cordell added much to the reading of this tale. Her emphases made moments even more poignant.