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Swan Song - Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott

Swan Song - Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott

This is № 216 of an exclusive edition of only 250 copies

Title: Swan Song

Author:  Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott

ISBN:  9781786331052

Weight:  990g

Numbered signed first edition, first printing




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Swan Song by Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott

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 Yucatán 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.

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

Peer & Press Reviews

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

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

Gorgeous…  That glittering world – all Dom Perignon, Sobranies, Quaalude and Chanel – is recreated with a lovely eye for detail.

Robbie Millen, Times

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title Swan Song
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Edition background

This numbered edition of only 250 copies was issued by a leading London bookshop.

The handwritten number is in the centre of a blind embossed circular ‘stamp’ (technically known as a seal) on the title page.  Around its edge, the seal reads EXCLUSIVE SIGNED FIRST EDITION.

The jacket on this special edition is white, which singles it out from the black jacket of the standard trade edition.

Book number 216 of 250
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the title page
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes

Goldsboro Books Glass Bell Award 2019 - shortlist

McKitterick Prize 2019 – shortlist

Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019 – longlist

Book Stats
Publisher Cornerstone
Imprint Hutchinson
Publication date
Printed by Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13 9781786331052
ISBN 10 1786331055
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 467
Size (h x w x d) 241 x 163 x 44mm
Packed weight 1.025kg [heavy book]
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph Dominic Jephcott
Jacket design Lauren Wakefield
Jacket pattern Shutterstock
Endpaper images Getty Images (women & Truman Capote)

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