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Publisher's Summary

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One green notebook. Six strangers. The chance to start being honest....

Six strangers with one universal thing in common: their lives aren’t always what they make them out to be. 

But what would happen if they told the truth instead? 

Julian begins The Authenticity Project - a small green notebook containing his ‘truth’ - to pass on and encourage others to share their own. 

Little does he know that this small act of honesty will impact all those who come into contact with the book and lead to a life-changing world of friendship and forgiveness.... 

©2020 Clare Pooley (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Wonderful characters and utterly truthful about the lies that we all tell...a clever, uplifting book that entertains and makes you think." (Sophie Kinsella)

"Beautifully written, thought provoking and uplifting." (Mike Gayle)

"One of the best books I’ve read in a long time. Original, engaging and unforgettable." (Sunday Times best-selling author Sarah Morgan)

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  • Clare E.
  • 26-04-20

Perfect for Lockdown

Really enjoyed The Authenticity Project. Community and friendships are at the heart of this book which are all too important in these unprecedented times.

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  • Jackie
  • 25-04-20

Different & Delightful! pp

This book putsme in mind of Ruth Hogan, an author i admire & consistently enjoy. This modern novel features a cast of characters whose individul stories are skilfully crafted into the main story. Based on an exercise bookin which each contributor is encoursged to be honest, the author manages to surprise and delight. i throughly enjoyed this book.

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  • Claire
  • 20-04-20

Authentically brilliant

Excellent. Could listen all day to her voice. The characters came alive with her words.

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  • Mrs J ramsdale
  • 04-04-20

Unique and fantastic

This book was one which I enjoyed tremendously as it consisted of 6 vignettes beautifully written and consisting of diverse characters which you get to know and love. I read this in one sitting as I was taken along on the journey of this group. Wonderfully written and beautifully narrated, with a fabulous twist I wasn’t expecting.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-03-20

Brilliant thought provoking and lovely story

Great fictional story, but with underlying mindset and mindfulness. Loved each of the characters in this book
Highly recommended

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  • Helen M
  • 07-03-20

Unconvincing

Based on a potentially good idea, I enjoyed the first chapters of the Authenticity Project but it gradually degenerated into shallow, predictable and unconvincing.
The narrator was good at switching accents but often got the emphasis in a sentence wrong as if she didn’t quite understand the meaning.
I don’t often return books, but I gave up on this one about 3 hours from the end and have sent it back.

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  • SEG
  • 15-02-20

Absolutely loved this book!

I am so sad to have just finished this book as I was totally caught up in the lives of the very believable characters.
The Authenticity Project is a brilliant concept and maybe we should all write our true feelings down in a notebook and see what happens.
Very well written and observed.

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  • Chloe Hodgkinson
  • 24-07-20

Sweet

Nice easy and positive listen but it’s slightly predictable and one of the twists is unrealistic.

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  • LynnJ
  • 18-06-20

Fascinating

The Authenticity Project is the name of a book within a novel. It’s an amazing story that touches on several lives that have been damaged in some way. I chose it because i saw a recommendation by someone. I can’t remember who, but I am so glad I decided to read it and I thank whoever it was for pointing me in this direction. It pulls on all the emotions, in turn happy and sad, while creating creating humour too. I didn’t want the story to end and will certainly be looking for more from this talented author.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-06-20

Great original topic Loved it.

Loved it... the originality of the story was refreshing and engaging.

Funny and serious. perfect.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-01-21

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loved the story, however the narrator's attempt at the accents (particularly Australian) was really poorly executed and a bit awkward! lovely ending nonetheless ☺️

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  • Erin
  • 13-09-20

Loved it

This was such a great, warm and uplifting story. I recommend this book to anyone

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  • Sara Howard
  • 15-06-20

Predictable fluff

I persevered with this because it was our Book Club pick, and I will admit the storyline did improve towards the middle. But the narrator's Australian and Asian accents made me wince, and she wasn't helped by the cliche-riddled dialogue. The plot turns were in turn unconvincing, predictable or just plain unnecessary, and there was no real tension to keep me hooked. The premise was sweet, and we all need a feel-good read right now, but this was just disappointing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-03-20

fantastic

love both books can't wait for the next one. Sober diaries have helped me like nothing else has.