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  • Published: 3 September 2019
  • ISBN: 9781786090188
  • Imprint: Windmill Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 496
  • RRP: $19.99

Swan Song

Longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019


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A dazzling debut about Truman Capote, the literary icon of his age, and the beautiful, wealthy, vulnerable women he called his Swans.

LONGLISTED FOR THE 2019 WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION
WINNER OF THE McKITTERICK PRIZE
SHORTLISTED FOR THE GOLDSBORO BOOKS GLASS BELL AWARD

‘Scandalous’ DAILY MAIL
‘Spellbinding’ SUNDAY EXPRESS
‘Sparkling’ GUARDIAN
‘Fascinating’ RED
‘Remarkable’ WOMAN AND HOME
‘Astounding’ EMERALD STREET
‘Glamorous’ IRISH TIMES___________________________

To the outside world, they were the icons of high society — the most glamorous and influential women of their age. To Truman Capote they were his Swans: the ideal heroines, as vulnerable as they were powerful. They trusted him with their most guarded, martini-soaked secrets, each believing she was more special and loved than the next…

Until he betrayed them.

‘Writers write. And one can’t be surprised if they write what they know.’
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‘The new Donna Tartt’ VOGUE
'A dazzlingly assured first novel... This clever book, with the moreish astringency of a negroni, is a perfect summer cocktail.' SUNDAY TIMES
'A whirlwind of a first novel. There is great pathos in the Swans’ woundings and in their inevitable decline. And the character of Truman himself shimmers through the novel in a wonderful blaze of eccentricity and excess. Outstanding.' ROSE TREMAIN
'A completely fascinating novel and a marvellously skilful re-imagining of real people, times and places. Outstanding.' WILLIAM BOYD

'Our generation’s The Secret History' PENDORA

'Brilliantly written, deeply researched, funny, sharp and moving.' – KATE WILLIAMS, bestselling author of Josephine
'Brilliantly captures Capote’s acid wit and his dramatic downfall.' THE TIMES, Books of the Year
'This is a first novel of extraordinary skill, a book of which Capote would have been proud' OBSERVER
'Greenberg-Jephcott's debut is a devastating read that blurs the lines between vulnerability and narcissism; sex and power... will have you racing breathlessly towards the end' THE POOL

  • Pub date: 3 September 2019
  • ISBN: 9781786090188
  • Imprint: Windmill Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 496
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott

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 is her first novel.


Praise for Swan Song

“Brilliantly captures Capote’s acid wit and his dramatic downfall.”

The Times BOOKS OF THE YEAR

“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

“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

“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

“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 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

“A whirlwind of a first novel. There is great pathos in the Swans’ woundings and in their inevitable decline. And the character of Truman himself shimmers through the novel in a wonderful blaze of eccentricity and excess. Outstanding.”

Rose Tremain

“Swan Song is magnificent. For all the swagger and swish and intrigue, it is consistently well supported with perfect, juicy sentences. Utter corker”

Fiona Melrose

“Perfect holiday novel, Swan Song by Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott. Truman Capote’s struggle with art and society reimagined”

Linda Grant, author of THE DARK CIRCLE

“[A] seductive spellbinding debut... Greenberg-Jephcott beautifully captures the pain and poignancy alongside the privilege”

S Magazine, Sunday Express

“A moving account of Capote's own giddy, talent-fuelled ascent and the self-destructive plummet that follows”

Mail on Sunday

“Brilliantly written, deeply researched, funny, sharp and moving, this wonderful book marks the debut of a major talent.”

Kate Williams, bestselling author of Josephine

“Swan Song is a whirlwind tour of private jets to Mexico resorts, playboys’ yachts in the Mediterranean, Manhattan martini lunches and so much scandal ... [A] riveting novel”

Red

“Impressive and clever reimagining of Truman Capote’s fall from grace.”

Sunday Times

“Scandalous, frenetic, amusing and tragic, this throws open the doors to a privileged world driven by money, sex, power and influence, where stakes are high and, when trust is broken, there’s much to lose.”

Daily Mail

“Greenberg-Jephcott's debut is a devastating read that blurs the lines between vulnerability and narcissism; sex and power. And, ultimately, it is Capote's self-destruction that will have you racing breathlessly towards the end”

The Pool

“A fascinating look at American high society in the Sixties and Seventies, and a portrait of a talented writer who couldn’t resist gossip, even if meant ruining his life”

Stylist

“Simultaneously fabulous and tragic, Swan Song is an incredibly accomplished debut”

Attitude

“Our generation’s The Secret History”

Pendora

“Triumphant debut…remarkable”

Woman & Home

“A vivid debut … based on ten years of research, this is a dazzling read that’s been worth the wait”

Image Magazine

“Stunning... It’s probably one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever owned”

Bookish Chat Blog

“Hypnotically fascinating”

The Arts Desk

“The book is dripping with atmosphere and character and is such a pleasure to read.”

And Then I Read A Book blog

“Pure pleasure”

Evening Standard Magazine

“She deftly gives us an insight into their inner lives... while creating defined personalities that resonate and intrigue. Lyrical and fascinating, the fact that this is Greenberg-Jephcott's debut is astounding.”

Emerald Street

“A stunning debut novel that seamlessly blends history, fact and fiction in this imaginative re-telling of the life of novelist Truman Capote”

Woman's Weekly

“A brilliant first novel”

Rose Tremain, Daily Mail

“A slick debut pulled off with brio, Swan Song is glamorous, vivid and sometimes even daring in its intelligence”

Irish Times

“A dazzling read”

Image magazine

“Greenberg-Jephcott’s debut is fizzing with energy and ideas…The novel has style and substance in spades.”

Observer

“With a grounding in history, it is a fascinating read about the deepest secrets of an iconic author.”

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