Notes on a Scandal by Zoe Heller (Paperback, 2008)
Shortlisted for the 2003 Man Booker Prize, Zoe Heller’s Notes on a Scandal is a darkly compelling novel that explores the taboo subject of pupil/teacher relationships, obsession and betrayal. From the first day that the beguiling Sheba Hart joins the staff of St George’s history teacher Barbara Covett is convinced she has found a kindred spirit. Barbara’s loyalty to her new friend is passionate and unstinting and when Sheba is discovered having an illicit affair with one of her pupils, Barbara quickly elects herself as Sheba’s chief defender., But all is not as it first seems in this dark story and, as Sheba will soon discover, a friend can be just as treacherous as any lover.’Brilliant, nasty, gripping’ Zadie Smith’Compelling, dark, sexy’ Observer’Superbly gripping. One of the most compelling books I’ve read in ages’ Daily Telegraph’Deliciously sinister’ Daily MailZoe Heller is the author of three novels, Everything You Know, Notes on a Scandal, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2003 and The Believers. The 2006 film adaptation of Notes on a Scandal, starring Cate Blanchett and Judi Dench, received four Oscar nominations., She lives in New York.