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'A completely fascinating novel and a marvellously skillful re-imagining of real people, times and places. Outstanding.' -William Boyd

They told him everything.


He told everyone else.


Over countless martini-soaked Manhattan lunches, they shared their deepest secrets and greatest fears. On exclusive yachts sailing the Mediterranean, on private jets streaming towards Jamaica, on Yucatan beaches in secluded bays, they gossiped about sex, power, money, love and fame. They never imagined he would betray them so absolutely.

In the autumn of 1975, after two decades of intimate friendships, Truman Capote detonated a literary grenade, forever rupturing the elite circle he'd worked so hard to infiltrate. Why did he do it, knowing what he stood to lose? Was it to punish them? To make them pay for their manners, money and celebrated names? Or did he simply refuse to believe that they could ever stop loving him? Whatever the motive, one thing remains indisputable- nine years after achieving wild success with In Cold Blood, Capote committed an act of professional and social suicide with his most lethal of weapons . . . Words.

A dazzling debut about the line between gossip and slander, self-creation and self-preservation, SWAN SONG is the tragic story of the literary icon of his age and the beautiful, wealthy, vulnerable women he called his Swans.

'Writers write. And one can't be surprised if they write what they know.'

 

Details

ISBN: 9781786331069
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 480
Publication Date: 14 Jun 2018
Publisher: Cornerstone
Publication City, Country: London, United Kingdom
Dimensions (cm): 23.4(H) x 15.3(L) x 3.3(W)
Weight (gm): 620

 

Reviews

"A rich, sharp, sting of a book. It made me laugh and grimace and pity monsters. I'm still smiling about it" -- Stu Turton, bestselling author of THE SEVEN DEATHS OF EVELYN HARDCASTLE
"Brilliantly captures Capote's acid wit and his dramatic downfall." * The Times BOOKS OF THE YEAR *
"As deliciously gossipy as it is wretched, and Greenberg-Jephcott's unique rendering of Capote's squealing drawl of a voice is unforgettable." -- Frankie McCoy * Evening Standard BOOKS OF THE YEAR *
"Gorgeous... That glittering world - all Dom Perignon, Sobranies, Quaalude and Chanel - is recreated with a lovely eye for detail" -- Robbie Millen * The Times *
"Since reading the totally, totally beautiful Swan Song, I have two new hobbies. Googling photos of Barbara Paley and watching videos of the Camel Walk." -- Dolly Alderton
"A sparkling debut vividly captures the high society women who punished Capote for his indiscreet reporting" * The Guardian *
"A dazzlingly assured first novel... This clever book, with the moreish astringency of a negroni, is a perfect summer cocktail" * The Sunday Times *
"A completely fascinating novel and a marvellously skillful re-imagining of real people, times and places. Outstanding." -- William Boyd
"This is a first novel of extraordinary skill, a book of which Capote would have been proud" -- Alex Preston * The Observer *
"If a writer is going to craft a novel from well-known events, they might as well do it with brio, which this has in spades... A skilled and sparking debut" -- Suzi Feay * Guardian *

 

Author Biography

Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott was born and raised in Houston, Texas, before coming to call Los Angeles and London her adopted homes. She is a graduate of UEA's Creative Writing MA course and was the winner of the Bridport Prize Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award. Swan Song, her first novel, was longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2019, won the McKitterick Prize and was shortlisted for the Goldsboro Books Glass Bell Award.
Swan Song: Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2019
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