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‘Effortlessly cool, razor-sharp and crazy fun – I couldn’t put it down’ TAYLOR JENKINS REID, bestselling author of Daisy Jones & the Six

The complex, Hollywood love story we’ve all been waiting for’ EMILY HENRY, bestselling author of Beach Read

‘A glamorous power ride’ JULIE COHEN

‘Escapist, suspenseful, razor-sharp’ FRANCES CHA, author of If I Had Your Face


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 VIEW WAS EXHAUSTING is a bold, swoon-worthy and utterly modern debut novel about truth, fame and privilege – and how we love now.

‘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

‘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
Taylor Jenkins Reid
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
Frances Cha
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
Emily Henry
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
Julia Armfield
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
Jane Healey
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
A sexy, scorching treat - fresh and ultra modern, I devoured it
Victoria Gosling
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
Tamsyn Muir
Sweeps you up into the tilt-a-whirl of Hollywood relationships, and what happens when the line between fake and real begins to blur. This richly drawn romance is, crucially, also a journey through the unjust rules forced upon women - especially women of color - who dare to play the fame game. It's timely, touching, and a tantalizing love story
Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan (aka The Fug Girls)