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  • Published: 1 June 2021
  • ISBN: 9781786091055
  • Imprint: Windmill Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $22.99

Sex and Vanity

from the bestselling author of Crazy Rich Asians

The new novel from the iconic author of the bestselling phenomenon Crazy Rich Asians


'Your perfect summer read' Daily Mail
'Delightful' Independent

'Laugh-out-loud funny' Sunday Mirror

When Lucie Tang Churchill meets George Zao at a lavish wedding in Capri, she can't stand him. She can't stand that he gallantly offers to trade hotel rooms with her so she can have a sea view, that he knows more about the island than she does, and worst of all, that he kisses her in the darkness of the ancient ruins. What would her Mayflower-descended, Wall Street-wealthy family think of him? But years later, when Lucie is weekending with her fiancé in East Hampton, George unexpectedly appears and Lucie must decide - does she follow her head or her heart?

A gloriously decadent homage to A Room with a View, Sex and Vanity is a glittering modern love story and a brilliantly funny comedy of manners set between two cultures.

  • Published: 1 June 2021
  • ISBN: 9781786091055
  • Imprint: Windmill Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $22.99

About the author

Kevin Kwan

KEVIN KWAN is the author of the international bestsellers Crazy Rich Asians, China Rich Girlfriend, and Rich People Problems. Crazy Rich Asians was a #1 New York Times bestseller, a major motion picture, and has been translated into more than thirty languages. He lives in Los Angeles and is trying to eat less pasta.

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Praise for Sex and Vanity

True love will find a way, even among the status-obsessed and filthy rich . . . [With] irresistibly knowing humour and delightful central characters . . . This is the only way you're getting to Capri this year. Why resist?


Kwan follows up his Crazy Rich Asians trilogy with an intoxicating, breezy update of E.M. Forster's A Room with a View . . . There are moments both catty and witty . . . [A] delectable comedy of manners-the literary equivalent of white truffle and caviar pizza.

Publishers Weekly

Sex and Vanity scores high on all intended fronts; the opening half, set in Capri, is bathed in sunshine and sexual tension. The novel reads like travel porn, listing the island's best and lesser-known sights, places to eat, stay and drink. And then there is the story of Lucie Tang Churchill, a biracial New York princess from the Upper East Side, attending an eye-wateringly extravagant wedding.


Effervescent, grand cru escapism. All the playful Kwan hallmarks are present and correct. Sex and Vanity may poke plenty of fun at the moral iniquities of the impossibly wealthy but it's also astute on the racism that can exist within Asian families as well as without.


This satirical romp through the gilded lives of the international super-rich is laugh-out-loud funny, with all the crackle you'd expect from the author of Crazy Rich Asians, plus a tender love story at its heart.

Sunday Mirror

Delicious and delightful, I adored it.

Daily Mail

Sex and Vanity is basically your PERFECT SUMMER READ. Set in Capri, New York & the Hamptons, the location descriptions are so evocative you will feel like you're there. The characters bounce around the globe engaging in pretty much the binary opposite of social distancing so a double win for this delicious, delightful romp.

Sara Lawrence, Daily Mail

As fizzy and refreshing as a peach Bellini.


Love and gossip and glamour... oh my!


With a warm love story at its heart, Sex and Vanity is also a satire on the rich and privileged that you'll devour in one gulp.

Heat Magazine

From the writer of Crazy Rich Asians comes another bombshell book exploring the internal conflict when you pit class and love against one another.

Magic Radio’s Book Club

Sex and Vanity is light-hearted, unadulterated entertainment - ideal for lifting any lingering lockdown blues.


If you loved Kwan's Crazy Rich Asians, you are no doubt going to love this story too . . . there is love and gossip and glamour - and what more would you want, really?


A whip-smart homage to EM Forster's A Room With A View, but with designer outfits, lavish parties and Instagram.

Sunday Express

Delightful ... complete with designer outfits, glamorous parties, and exotic locations.

Independent BEST BOOKS OF 2020

Sex and Vanity is a deliciously decadent romp through Manhattan, the Hamptons and the Italian idyll of Capri.

Cornelia Guest

Kevin Kwan's witty, frothy and entirely delectableromcom is a sharp but affectionate satire on the luxurious lives of the international smart set.

Daily Mail

Sex and Vanity, another decadent romance novel by Crazy Rich Asians author Kevin Kwan ... [is] the perfect summer read.

You Magazine