A new novel from Bethan Roberts - a brilliant recreation of the early life of Elvis Presley, the making of 'the King', and a heartbreaking portrait of the very intense love between him and his mother, Gladys
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.
An immediately convincing evocation of time and place, as well
as character, colour, sultry heat and complex emotions...
Moving effortlessly between the late 1950s and Elvis's straitened
upbringing, it vividly conveys his world * Sunday Times *
This is an impressive, deceptively gentle novel, full of quiet music and even quieter tragedy -- Claire Allfree * Daily Telegraph *
One of the best books about a rock star I've ever read
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 *
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
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 is an exceptionally tender and empathetic writer, and the story of Elvis Presley and his relationship with his mother is one ripe for her skills... both epic and intimate * Grazia *
One is always in safe hands with Bethan Roberts, especially when the subject is love. -- Lynne Truss
A beautifully captured portrait -- Joanne Finney * Good Housekeeping *
Extraordinarily moving * Choice *
Roberts is skilled at evoking the sexy, squalid atmosphere of Memphis in the 1950s. There's a down-at-heel glamour that the reader can smell and taste -- Alan Murrin * Times Literary Supplement *