The feel-good story that we all need to read right now, The Authenticity Project, debut novel from Clare Pooley and a New York Times bestseller, is published in paperback by Transworld today in the UK.

Ever since the book published in hardback last year, this story of one little green notebook has been capturing hearts all over the globe. A warm, poignant and uplifting story about how telling the truth can change your life, the book was a BBC Radio 2 Bookclub pick and has been nominated for Debut of the Year at the RNA’s, as well as hitting the New York Times bestseller list earlier this year. It was included on several lists as a ‘best book’ of 2020 including Woman and Home’s, Real Simple and Library Journal – Apple even included it on their list of books that ‘defined 2020’.

If you don’t know already, the book follows six strangers with one thing in common: their lives aren’t always what they make them out to be. The arrival of one small green notebook, in which Julian Jessop reveals the truth of his life, he asks what would happen if they told the truth instead? Leaving the notebook on a table in his friendly neighbourhood cafe, 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.

Sophie Kinsella said  “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” and it’s now sold over 100,000 copies in the English language. Paperback publication brings a partnership with Samaritans, and everyone’s favourite chocolate – Tony’s Chocolonely – who created bespoke bars for the occasion.


We can’t imagine a better book to get you through these (hopefully) final weeks of lockdown – you can find it in most supermarkets, or order a copy directly from Waterstones or an independent bookshop near you.