Notes on a Scandal
‘Notes on a Scandal’ is a sinister lesson in keeping your friends close and your enemies even closer. When Sheba Hart is discovered having an affair with a pupil, her colleague, Barbara Covett, becomes her chief defender. But all is not as it first seems and Sheba soon discovers that a friend can be as treacherous as any lover.
A Hay Festival and The Poole VOTE 100 BOOKS for Women Selection
Shortlisted for the 2003 Man Booker Prize, Zoë 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 Mail
Zoë 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.