4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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About the Event

Crafting novels with real-life icons and well-known events takes skill, flair and meticulous research. Bethan Roberts (Graceland) and Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott (Swan Song) talk to Caroline Sanderson about their fascinating new books. At the heart of Graceland (‘Utterly heartbreaking’ Jake Arnott) is the overlooked relationship between Elvis Presley and his mother Gladys whilst Swan Song (‘Outstanding’ William Boyd) looks at the fall from grace of Truman Capote. Riveting reads and not to be missed.

About the Authors

Bethan Roberts’ prizewinning novels include My Policeman, a piercing portrait of a love triangle, set in 1950s Brighton. She grew up in a house where Elvis’s music was always playing, and first became captivated by the story of Elvis and Gladys as a girl, poring over her mother’s scrapbooks and annuals. Bethan lives in Brighton with her family.

Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott was born and raised in Houston, Texas, before coming to call Los Angeles and London her adopted homes. She is a graduate of UEA’s Creative Writing MA course and has won the Bridport Prize – Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award and the Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize for her writing. Swan Song is her first novel. @kgjephcott #SwanSongNovel


‘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.’ ROSE TREMAIN ON SWAN SONG

 ‘Brilliantly written, deeply researched, funny, sharp and moving, this wonderful book marks the debut of a major talent’ KATE WILLIAMS ON SWAN SONG

‘Truman Capote! Socialites! Cocktails! Betrayal! Ostracism! Social comedy! Tragedy! More cocktails! The most entertaining, interesting new novel I’ve read this year’ THE TIMES ON SWAN SONG

‘Swan Song, a dazzlingly assured first novel from Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott…  This clever book, with the moreish astringency of a negroni, is a perfect summer cocktail.’ THE SUNDAY TIMES ON SWAN SONG