Swan Song (Hardback)
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Hardback 480 Pages / Published: 14/06/2018
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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: 9781786331052
Number of pages: 480
Weight: 723 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 42 mm


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'Brilliantly written, deeply researched, funny, sharp and moving, this wonderful book marks the debut of a major talent.' - Kate Williams

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“Magnificent”

This magnificent book surrounds the life of Truman Capote and his ‘Swans’ – the well-bred women he collects. The narrative is fragmented – leaping back and forth in time and looking at the lives of his swans as well... More

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“It's the adult real-life Gossip Girl novel of your dreams”

Swan Song oozes style, glamour and wealth while also grappling with love, hatred and revenge. It's the adult real-life Gossip Girl novel of your dreams, with a full cast of famous faces from the past. It's... More

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“Swan Song”

He has been one of the most fascinating writers of the last century, not only his works but also his private life offers much to talk about. Both are closely linked since he used the people around him as a source for... More

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