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Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott

Specialises in: 

Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction, the Nonfiction novel.

Services offered: 

Three month and six month mentoring. 

About Kelleigh: 

Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott was born and raised in Houston, Texas, before coming to call first Los Angeles, then London her adopted homes. She studied Directing at Carnegie Mellon University, screenwriting at the University of Southern California, and has been honoured by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a Finalist for the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting. She graduated from UEA’s Creative Writing Prose Fiction MA with distinction. 

Kelleigh was the winner of the 2015 Bridport Prize Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a first novel. She was additionally shortlisted for the Historical Novel Society New Novel Award, the Myriad Editions Competition and the Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize.  Swan Song, her first novel, was published in 2018 by Penguin Random House/ Hutchinson. It was named one of the Books of the Year by The Times, and has been longlisted for the 2019 Women's Prize for Fiction.

Swan Song: 


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.’


'The new Donna Tartt' - Vogue

'This is a first novel of extraordinary skill, a book of which Capote would have been proud' - Alex Preston, The Observer.


'Brilliantly captures Capote’s acid wit and his dramatic downfall.' - The Times BOOKS OF THE YEAR

'As deliciously gossipy as it is wretched, and Greenberg-Jephcott's unique rendering of Capote's squealing drawl of a voice is unforgettable.' - Frankie McCoy Evening Standard BOOKS OF THE YEAR

'A sparkling debut vividly captures the high society women who punished Capote for his indiscreet reporting' - The Guardian

'A dazzlingly assured first novel... This clever book, with the moreish astringency of a negroni, is a perfect summer cocktail' - The Sunday Times

Read more about Kelleigh's debut novel Swan Song here >>

More resources:

Twitter: @kgjephcott

The Riff Raff Podcast with Kelleigh

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