Swan Song

Swan Song

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 27/06/2019
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Swan Song
The Fall of Capote
Longlisted for the Woman’s prize 2019 An interesting novel about the spectacular fall of Truman Capote and the actions that got him there. I loved how the... READ MORE
Marcy at Cardiff


Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2019

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

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 Yucatan 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.

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

  • Publisher: Cornerstone
  • ISBN: 9781786090188
  • Number of pages: 496
  • Weight: 341g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 30 mm

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Swan Song
Ambitious, mostly good but needed a story editor
There's much that I liked about Swan Song. It's lushly detailed, meticulously researched, elegantly presented. It has a clear love of place, style and begu... READ MORE
Roz Morris
Swan Song
Novel set mainly in MANHATTAN (the life and loves of Truman Capote)
3.75* Who was Truman Capote? We all know the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s but who really has engaged with the writer of the novella on which the film was ba... READ MORE

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