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Swan Song : Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2019

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LONGLISTED FOR THE 2019 WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION

`Scandalous' DAILY MAIL
`Spellbinding' SUNDAY EXPRESS
`Sparkling' GUARDIAN
`Fascinating' RED
`Remarkable' WOMAN AND HOME
`Astounding' EMERALD STREET
`Glamorous' IRISH TIMES
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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
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Product details

  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 30mm | 341g
  • Windmill Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 178609018X
  • 9781786090188
  • 3,196

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"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"
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"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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About 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.
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548 ratings
3.8 out of 5 stars
5 28% (153)
4 36% (200)
3 26% (140)
2 9% (47)
1 1% (8)
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