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Notes on a Scandal

Notes on a Scandal

Schoolteacher Barbara Covett leads a solitary existence. When Sheba Hart joins St. George’s as the new art teacher, Barbara senses the possibility of a new friendship. But as Barbara and Sheba’s relationship develops, another does as well: Sheba has begun a sexual affair with an underage male pupil.

When it comes to light and Sheba falls prey to the inevitable media circus, Barbara decides to write an account in her friend’s defence - an account that reveals not only Sheba’s secrets but her own.

In 2006, Notes on a Scandal was made into a film by Richard Eyre staring Dame Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett.

About the Author

Zöe Heller

Zoë Heller was born in England in July 1965. Her books include Everything You Know (1999), Notes on a Scandal (2003), and The Believers (2008).

Heller’s work as a feature writer, critic, and columnist has appeared in the Daily Telegraph, the New Republic, Vogue, the New Yorker, Vanity Fair and the London Review of Books. She lives in New York.