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Notes on a Scandal

Notes on a Scandal

What Was She Thinking?: A Novel

Zoë Heller




Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize

Now a Major Motion Picture

Schoolteacher Barbara Covett has led a solitary life until Sheba Hart, the new art teacher at St. George's, befriends her. But even as their relationship develops, so too does another: Sheba has begun an illicit affair with an underage male student. When the scandal turns into a media circus, Barbara decides to write an account in her friend's defense--and ends up revealing not only Sheba's secrets, but also her own.

Notes on a Scandal

The first time I ever saw Sheba was on a Monday morning, early in the winter term of 1996. I was standing in the St. George's car park, getting books out of the back of my car, when she came through the...

Praise for Notes on a Scandal

“An intense, witty, literary page-turner” —Entertainment Weekly

“Equally adroit at satire and at psychological suspense, Zoë Heller charts the course of a predatory friendship and demonstrates the lengths to which some people go for human company.” —The New Yorker

“A deliciously perverse, laugh-out-loud-funny novel.” —Vogue

“A triumph of intelligence and narrative control.” —The Times (London)

“Heller is a great ventriloquist of character, and as the unhinged curator of the Sheba affair, Barbara is painfully note perfect.” —The Washington Post Book World

“Wicked and wonderful social satire.” —Glamour


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Zoë Heller

Zoë Heller was born in London and lives in New York City. She is the author of the novel Everything You Know.

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