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Swan Song

Narrated by: Deborah Weston
Length: 17 hrs and 51 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)
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Summary

Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2019

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.’

©2018 Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott (P)2018 Penguin Random House UK

Critic reviews

"A completely fascinating novel and a marvellously skillful re-imagining of real people, times and places. Outstanding." (William Boyd)

"Scandalous, frenetic, amusing and tragic." (Daily Mail

"Our generation’s The Secret History." (Pendora)

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A tour de force

What a simply wonderful book. Totally engrossing. Deborah Weston is to be congratulated for bringing to life all the fascinating characters to be found in the pages, especially Truman Capote himself. Kellogg Greenberg-Jephcott has written a masterpiece.

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Exceptionally Good Biography

I only chose this biography because I read and liked a review in a woman's magazine, but I am so glad I did. Truman Capote was an intriguing human being, loved and loathed in equal measure, this book follows his rise to the top, mingling with America's high society gals, with whom he is very popular, to his downfall after revealing many of their secrets.
The kind of biography one could easily listen to again and again. What a fascinating life.

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