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The View Was Exhausting

Mikaella Clements, Onjuli Datta

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

A sexy, modern love story, for fans of Daisy Jones and the Six.

'Effortlessly cool, razor-sharp and crazy fun - I couldn't put it down' TAYLOR JENKINS REID, author of DAISY JONES AND THE SIX


'A perfect summer read' VOGUE

'The smart, sexy and genuinely insightful rom com I've been waiting for' GAL-DEM


A bold, swoon-worthy and utterly modern debut novel about truth, fame and privilege - and how we love now.

Whitman 'Win' Tagore and Leo Milanowski are the greatest love story of our time. International movie star meets the beautiful son of a millionaire. Their kisses write headlines and their fights break the internet. Nobody needs to know it's not real.

Win knows that Hollywood demands perfection - especially from a woman of colour.

Leo just wants to enjoy life, and shift press attention away from his dysfunctional family.

Together they control the narrative.

Except this time, on the shores of Saint-Tropez, Leo is hiding a secret that is about to send Win's world spinning. Now everyone's dream couple must confront the messy reality of their relationship. Just as they're starting to realise that they might actually be falling in love...


'A sharp romance that deals with important issues - you will devour this' PRIMA

'I loved the chemistry' FRANCES CHA

'The complex, Hollywood love story we've all been waiting for' EMILY HENRY

'A real Shake Off The Cobwebs book... the perfect companion novel about fame, Hollywood, performance and, of course, love' REFINERY 29

'A glamorous power ride through fame, misogyny and racism, with a swoony romance' JULIE COHEN

'A book to read in the sun with a glass of wine and nothing else to do all day. Fun, sexy and totally gripping' LAURA KAY

'Deft, funny and tender, The View Was Exhausting is as smart as it is swoon-worthy' JULIA ARMFIELD

'Delicious... A dazzling mix of glitzy Hollywood, torrid gossip and dreamy romance - and also delivers a cutting critique of power, celebrity and privilege' HAZEL BARKWORTH

'Funny, warm and gorgeously written...I was totally swept away' JANE HEALEY

'A sexy, scorching treat - fresh and ultra modern, I devoured it' VICTORIA GOSLING

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Praise for The View Was Exhausting

  • A pure delight! Effortlessly cool, razor sharp, and crazy fun - I couldn't put it down. It is Notting Hill for 2021, an absolute crowd pleaser

  • Escapist, suspenseful, razor sharp and very unusual. I loved the chemistry between the two protagonists and flew through the book because I was dying to know what happens

  • An absolutely stellar debut with tension that crackles and prose that sings, The View Was Exhausting is the complex, Hollywood love story we've all been waiting for. Clements and Datta have crafted a book that's as heartfelt and earnest as it is sharp and surprising - I couldn't get enough

  • Deft, funny and tender, The View Was Exhausting is as smart as it is swoon-worthy - this is exactly the book you should be reading right now

  • A glittering, swoon-worthy love story that's also about the intersections of power, representation, fame and privilege. It's funny and warm and gorgeously written and I'm calling it now as the beach read of the summer or, if we're all stuck inside, the escapist read of the summer, because reading this I was totally swept away

  • A book to read in the sun with a glass of wine and nothing else to do all day. Fun, sexy and totally gripping

  • A sexy, scorching treat - fresh and ultra modern, I devoured it

  • I read it all in one morning and couldn't put it down once . . . The View Was Exhausting is enormously sophisticated, tension held like a net, as it slowly holds the reader closer and closer to a fire, and I laughed many times. It's an absolute tour de force, and Win is now one of my new favorite protagonists ever

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Mikaella Clements

Mikaella Clements and Onjuli Datta have been writing fiction together since they first met in 2013. They are now married and live in Berlin, where they write and study. Originally from Australia, Mikaella was highly commended in the 2019 Bridport Short Story Prize and shortlisted in the 2019 Galley Beggar Press Prize. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, the TLS, and the LA Review of Books, amongst others. Onjuli is British and was longlisted in the 2020 Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize, as well as publishing non-fiction in the Billfold and Daddy Magazine.

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