Swan Song

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What to expect

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Swan Song by Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott, read by Deborah Weston.

NOMINATED FOR THE 2019 WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION

‘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
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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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‘A completely fascinating novel and a marvellously skilful re-imagining of real people, times and places. Outstanding.’ WILLIAM BOYD

Scandalous, frenetic, amusing and tragic.DAILY MAIL

Our generation’s The Secret HistoryPENDORA

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

Critics Review

  • 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
  • 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

    The Observer
  • A dazzlingly assured first novel… This clever book, with the moreish astringency of a negroni, is a perfect summer cocktail

    The Sunday 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
  • 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

    Guardian

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