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Clare Pooley

Clare Pooley graduated from Newnham College, Cambridge and spent twenty years in the heady world of advertising before becoming a full-time mum.

Clare lives in Fulham, London with her long-suffering husband, three children, dog and a cupboard filled with alcohol-free beer.

Clare is the author of the hugely popular blog, Mummy was a Secret Drinker, under the pseudonym Sober Mummy.

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Genres: Romance, Literary Fiction
Non fiction
Clare Pooley recommends
The Joyce Girl (2016)
Annabel Abbs
"Annabel Abbs weaves a powerful, spellbinding and illuminating story of a woman who has been, until now, relegated to a historical footnote."
Saturdays at Noon (2020)
Rachel Marks
"Oh how I loved this book... complex, imperfect, totally loveable and completely unforgettable."
All About Us (2020)
Tom Ellen
"Has all of the feels – the messy complexities of family and friends, the power of love and a sprinkling of magic. Gorgeous."
I Give It A Year (2020)
Helen Whitaker
"I GIVE IT A YEAR is an emotionally smart and thought provoking novel about what happens after the boy meets girl and falls in love. Helen Whitaker writes with searing honesty and empathy about the messiness and complexity of relationships."
The Push (2021)
Ashley Audrain
"The most thought-provoking exploration of motherhood I've come across since We Need to Talk About Kevin."
The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot (2021)
Marianne Cronin
"Lenni and Margot are two of the most wonderful, warm, witty and wise heroines I've ever met. Beautiful and glorious."
The Best is Yet to Come (2021)
Katy Colins
"Heartwarming and full of hope."
Everything After (2021)
Jill Santopolo
"Jill Santopolo writes so beautifully and powerfully about love and life, with all its twists and turns, imperfections and unpredictability. If you’ve ever wondered what would happen if you reconnected with your first love (and haven’t we all?) then this story is for you. Two intertwined love stories written with such depth and emotion that you want them both to work out. But that’s just not possible...."
The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman (2021)
Julietta Henderson
"The funny thing about Norman Foreman is that he’s wheedled his way into my heart, and I suspect I’ll have a Norman shaped hole there forever."
The Last Chance Library (2021)
Freya Sampson
"A wonderfully warm and uplifting story of kindness, community, and love that made me laugh, cry, cheer."
The Law of the Heart (2021)
Boris Starling
"A heartbreaking yet life-affirming story of forbidden love woven through the extraordinary backdrop of North Korea. I loved everything about it."
The Maid (2022)
Nita Prose
"A heroine as loveable and quirky as Eleanor Oliphant, caught up in a crime worthy of Agatha Christie. Loved it!"
Wahala (2022)
Nikki May
"This is one of those books you want to crawl inside and inhabit. I loved hanging out with Simi, Ronke and Boo and I miss them already."
Em & Me (2022)
Beth Morrey
"Glorious! An uplifting celebration of mothers, daughters and female friendship - it left me feeling better about the world. I loved it, such a joy."
Flying Solo (2022)
Linda Holmes
"It's impossible to read Linda Holmes without smiling. Flying Solo has everything: life decisions, second chances, intrigue, skulduggery, and a hot librarian! I loved it."
Jobs for Girls with Artistic Flair (2022)
June Gervais
"I adored this novel. It's a story about being an awkward, misfit girl with big dreams in a man's world. It made me laugh out loud, and it made me really, really want a tattoo."
The Mutual Friend (2022)
Carter Bays
"The most extraordinary and beguiling novel I've read in years. Carter Bays weaves together a huge, eclectic cast of messy, imperfect and bewitching characters . . . As soon as I put the book down, I wanted to start reading it all over again."
In a Thousand Different Ways (2023)
Cecelia Ahern
"Utterly wonderful . . . Cecelia Ahern is a master storyteller at the absolute peak of her powers. Her heroine, Alice Kelly, is completely unique - beguiling, complicated, extraordinary - and she'll change the way you see the world."

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