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Graceland

Bethan Roberts


9781784742485

Chatto & Windus


Fiction & Literature;
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)


Hardback

432 pages

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What happens when your only son becomes The King of Rock 'n' Roll?

From the moment she first holds him, after his twin brother is stillborn, Gladys Presley loves her son Elvis ferociously. She will be his greatest influence, the love of his life. She will be the one by his side, when Elvis is a boy and his father is in the jailhouse; as the family move from place to place, skirting poverty in Tupelo, Mississippi; as Elvis's obsession with music grows; as they move to Memphis and he begins his whirlwind rise to never-before-seen success...

And he will love her back, even as his heart is turned by the blues, clothes and girls. But while he makes it big in Hollywood, brings audiences across the land to their knees and achieves unimagined wealth and fame, there is another story - of drinking and diet pills, loneliness and loss. While the heat and music of the American South in the 40s and 50s play in the background, a heartbreaking portrait of a mother's love and a son's devotion takes centre stage. When Elvis reaches the height of his power, he buys his family the ultimate mansion on the hill, Graceland, where he hopes his mother will be happy. The reality, though, is very different, and Elvis finds that even kings must go on alone.

'Graceland is an astonishing literary achievement. Bethan Roberts somehow manages to unlock the mystery to that beautiful sadness in the voice of Elvis. Utterly heartbreaking.' Jake Arnott

By:   Bethan Roberts
Imprint:   Chatto & Windus
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 222mm,  Width: 144mm,  Spine: 39mm
Weight:   544g
ISBN:   9781784742485
ISBN 10:   1784742481
Pages:   432
Publication Date:   February 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.www.bethanrobertswriter.com


Graceland is an astonishing literary achievement. Bethan Roberts somehow manages to unlock the mystery to that beautiful sadness in the voice of Elvis. Utterly heartbreaking. -- Jake Arnott One is always in safe hands with Bethan Roberts, especially when the subject is love. -- Lynne Truss Bethan Roberts grew up in a house filled with Elvis's music and pored over her mother's Elvis annuals and scrapbooks as a child... its emotional range rings true and its fidelity to a certain strain of wistful melancholy might go deeper than facts... an understated, thoughtful novel about a man who wore suits fashioned from gold leaf on stage, which occasionally prompts the reader to burst into song. -- Susie Boyt * Financial Times * Roberts has done her research and is a loving curator of the legend, but she's strong, too on the tiny sensual details, which intensify the up-close feel of this sensitive, measured novel -- Stephanie Cross * Daily Mail * Roberts... mournful, yearning account of the King's making is well executed... it vividly conveys his world * Sunday Times *

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