Our incredibly popular ‘Boutique Book Club’, in partnership with Penguin Random House, continues with the brilliant Clare Pooley who’ll be joining us to talk about her novel The Authenticity Project.
Everybody lies about their lives. What would happen if you shared the truth instead?
Julian Jessop is living a lie. He’s lonely but refuses to speak to neighbours. He loved his wife when she was alive, but he didn’t tell her. (In fact, he wasn’t very kind to her at all.) He feels invisible to the world but he doesn’t want to go out.
But now he wants to be honest. So he writes his truth in a small green notebook and leaves it in his local cafe.
Monica gave up a high-flying career as a lawyer to open her own cafe, but it isn’t going as well as she hoped. On finding the notebook, she’s both inspired to write her own truth and to help Julian out of his loneliness.
Little does Julian know that his one small act is about to bring a whole group of people together as they discover the power, and the danger, of honesty.