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Swan Song


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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.

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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.


"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 *
"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 *
"Impressive and clever reimagining of Truman Capote's fall from grace." * Sunday Times *
"A moving account of Capote's own giddy, talent-fuelled ascent and the self-destructive plummet that follows" * Mail on Sunday *

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