Friday Reads: The Authenticity Project

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Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Reads! Today I am sharing a few quotes from The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley. This book is so unique and has a humorous element to it.

Book Beginnings is a book meme hosted by Rose City Reader where participants share quotes (the first sentence, or so) of the book, along with initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice, and the rules are quite simple: Grab a book, any book, and turn to page 56 or 56% in your e-reader. Find any non-spoilery sentence(s) and post.


The Authenticity ProjectTitle: The Authenticity Project
Author: Clare Pooley
Publisher: Viking
Publication Date: February 4, 2020

Summary (from Goodreads):

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

"Everybody lies about their lives. What would happen if you shared the truth?"

This is the question that Julian Jessop, an eccentric, seventy-nine-year-old artist, poses within a pale green exercise book that he labels The Authenticity Project, before leaving it behind in Monica's Café.

When Monica discovers Julian's abandoned notebook, not only does she add her own story to the book, she is determined to find a way to help Julian feel less lonely.

And so it goes with the others who find the green notebook that will soon contain their deepest selves. It will also knit the group together In Real Life at Monica's Cafe, where they'll discover the thrill and sometime-risk of being completely honest--and, for some, find unexpected love.

With a cast of characters who are by turns quirky and funny, heartbreakingly sad and painfully true-to-life, The Authenticity Project is a novel readers will take to their hearts and read with unabashed pleasure.

Amazon “Book Depository


She had tried to return the book. As soon as she realized it had been left behind, she’d picked it up and rushed after its extraordinary owner. But he’d gone.


“Do you really not have a mobile already?” asked Baz, with the total incomprehension of one born after the invention of the internet.

“Well, I haven’t been terribly mobile for a while, and nobody tends to telephone me, so what would be the point? I use that,” he said, gesturing at a dark-green Bakelite telephone in the corner with a dial and a heavy receiver attached to a coiled cord.


I am only a little bit into the book, but I am really appreciating the concept. What is really intriguing is the fact that the author has written from her personal experiences. I am looking forward to finding out how the story unfolds.

About Clare Pooley

Clare Pooley

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.

30 thoughts on “Friday Reads: The Authenticity Project

  1. Sammie @ The Writerly Way says:

    This sounds like a really interesting concept, based on the summary! Love that Friday 56 snippet, but also it makes me shutter a little. I’m assuming they’re referring to a rotary phone, and that is stuff of my nightmares. I don’t miss them one bit, because I was horrible about dialing the silly things. xD Always messed up the numbers.

    Here’s my Friday post.
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