A bold, swoon-worthy and utterly 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, bestselling author of Daisy Jones & the Six
'I loved the chemistry' FRANCES CHA, author of If I Had Your Face
'The complex, Hollywood love story we've all been waiting for' EMILY HENRY, bestselling author of Beach Read
'A glamorous power ride through fame, misogyny and racism, with a swoony romance' JULIE COHEN
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...
'The smart, sexy and genuinely insightful rom com I've been waiting for' GAL-DEM
'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, author of The Split
'Deft, funny and tender, The View Was Exhausting is as smart as it is swoon-worthy' JULIA ARMFIELD author of Salt Slow
'A sexy, scorching treat - fresh and ultra modern, I devoured it' HAZEL BARKWORTH, author of Heatstroke
'Funny, warm and gorgeously written...I was totally swept away' JANE HEALEY, author of The Animals at Lockwood Manor
'A sexy, scorching treat - fresh and ultra modern, I devoured it' VICTORIA GOSLING, author of Before the Ruins
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
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.