Bridport Prize winner secures six figure deal for debut novel

Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott

2015 Bridport Prize Peggy Chapman- Andrews Award winner, Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott, has secured a six figure deal with Hutchinson for her debut novel Swan Song.

The novel centres on Truman Capote who, suffering from writer’s block, crisis mounting, decides to publish excerpts from his savage roman à clef Answered Prayers in Esquire, betraying the confidences of the women he called his ‘Swans’, who also happened to be five of the wealthiest and most influential women in mid-twentieth century society. Overnight, he goes from glitterati darling to social pariah.

Told from the collective and divergent perspectives of Babe Paley, Slim Keith, C.Z. Guest, Gloria Guinness, Marella Agnelli and Lee Radziwill, Swan Song tells the story of the fallout from that infamous Esquire piece and the three decades of friendship that preceeded it. Through language and shifting points of view, and moving between the cocktail-soaked Manhattan parties and Truman Capote’s childhood of abandonment in Depression-era Alabama, the novel looks to replicate the gossip-riven world its characters inhabit while charting the iconic writer’s meteoric rise and his self-destructive fall.

Hutchinson will publish Swan Song in hardback in July 2018 followed by a Windmill paperback in 2019.