Swan Song (Paperback)
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Published: 27/06/2019
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A stunning account of one man’s monumental hubris and social self-immolation, Swan Song details the life of Truman Capote and his ‘swans,’ the glamorous socialites whose secrets he callously betrays. Greenberg-Jephcott’s fragmented narrative reflects the psychological fissures of its endlessly fascinating protagonist.

Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2019

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

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.

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

Publisher: Cornerstone
ISBN: 9781786090188
Number of pages: 496
Weight: 341 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 30 mm


MEDIA 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

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“The Fall of Capote”

Longlisted for the Woman’s prize 2019

An interesting novel about the spectacular fall of Truman Capote and the actions that got him there. I loved how the story focused on terrible people trying to survive in bad... More

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TripFiction

“Novel set mainly in MANHATTAN (the life and loves of Truman Capote)”

3.75*
Who was Truman Capote? We all know the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s but who really has engaged with the writer of the novella on which the film was based? He then went on to publish In Cold Blood which made him a... More

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“Ambitious, mostly good but needed a story editor”

There's much that I liked about Swan Song. It's lushly detailed, meticulously researched, elegantly presented. It has a clear love of place, style and beguiling decadence. A vivid cast of society ladies and... More

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