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The clever, seductive, fact and fictional blended story of Truman Capote and the women he placed (and came to rely on) at the very centre of his life. Truman Capote (author of works including novella Breakfast at Tiffany’s and non fiction piece In Cold Blood) could call among his friends and confidants the wealthy, famous and social elite. Their secrets were released to the world when he wrote a fictional piece that aired an awful lot of real life dirty laundry. Swan Song darts through the years, backwards and forwards, releasing information, filling in this breathtaking story. Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott apparently took ten years to research, and four years to write Swan Song. Capote’s swans are deliciously stimulating, and speak as one, revealing betrayal, scandal and lives full of emotional and physical excess. It is so wonderfully gossipy and fascinating, it’s all too easy to forget this is a novel (even though seeped in fact). Swan Song is a beguiling, fascinating dream of a read, and comes as highly recommended by me. 

Liz Robinson

Swan Song Synopsis

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.' 

Swan Song Press 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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ISBN: 9781786090188
Publication date: 27/06/2019
Publisher: Windmill Books an imprint of Cornerstone
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781473560642
Publication date: 09/08/2018
Publisher: Random House Cornerstone Digital
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Book Information

ISBN: 9781786090188
Publication date: 27th June 2019
Author: Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott
Publisher: Windmill Books an imprint of Cornerstone
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 496 pages
Genres: Debuts of the Month, Debuts, Literary Fiction, Modern and Contemporary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott

Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott was born and raised in Houston, Texas, before coming to call first Los Angeles, then London her adopted homes. She holds a BFA Drama (Directing) from Carnegie Mellon University and studied screenwriting at the University of Southern California. She has been honoured by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a Finalist for the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, among numerous screenwriting accolades.   In 2006 Kelleigh was the recipient of the Abroad Writers’ Conference Fellowship in Provence, where the germ of an idea for a book about Truman Capote’s betrayal of his Swans was ...

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