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Notes on a Scandal by Zoë Heller

Notes on a Scandal (2003)

by Zoë Heller

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As Barbara, the narrator, nears retirement from teaching in a London school, Sheba, a new art teacher, arrives. Barbara takes some trouble to develop a friendship and to discourage Sheba other potential friends. She keeps notes about Sheba that eventually include her love affair with a fifteen-year-old student. These notes form the story. Nasty people are plentiful: Sheba's husband, her daughter, her mother, the school principal, other teachers, even Barbara, that the book's success is all the more amazing. It's hard to appreciate that these unpleasant characters can hook the reader but combined with the psychological twists of jealousy, obsession, shifting loyalty and variations of love, you have a winner, albeit a creepy winner. ( )
1 vote VivienneR | Apr 13, 2016 |
I didn't anticipate what a suspenseful, psychological novel this would be! Very Talented Mr Ripley or even Gone Girl-esque. ( )
  KLmesoftly | Mar 22, 2016 |
The lady who read the audio book sounded exactly like Dame Judi Dench, so it was like having the Dame herself tell me a slightly risqué and entertaining story on my daily commutes. Fabulous. And lots of top-shelf diction that was very impressive, too. ( )
  BraveNewBks | Mar 10, 2016 |
Unless Sheba is dependent on Barbara, Barbara will revert to the nobody she was before. Was Barbara in love with Sheba? Or desperate to have intimate friendship after a life of loneliness?
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
I thought this book was very well written. The characters and their relationships to each other were well developed throughout adding a richness to the story. ( )
  LiteraryChanteuse | Jan 27, 2016 |
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The other night, at dinner, Sheba talked about the first time that she and the Connolly boy kissed. (Foreword)
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Originally published in the UK and elsewhere under the title Notes on a Scandal, this book was also released in the USA under the titles What Was She Thinking? Notes on a Scandal and then Notes on a Scandal: What Was She Thinking?
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When the new teacher first arrives, Barbara immediately senses that this woman will be different from the rest of her staff-room colleagues. But Barbara is not the only one to feel that Sheba is special, and before too long Sheba is involved in an illicit affair with a pupil. Barbara finds the relationship abhorrent, of course, but she is the only adult in whom Sheba can properly confide. So when the liaison is found out and Sheba's life falls apart, Barbara is there...

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When Sheba Hart joins St George's as the new pottery teacher, lonely Barbara Covett senses that she has found a kindred spirit. But Barbara is not the only one drawn to Sheba. Before long Sheba is involved in an illicit affair with a pupil. Barbara is powerless to stop Sheba from pursuing her foolhardy course of action. But when the liaison is found out and Sheba's marriage falls apart, Barbara is loyally standing by, ready to provide succour.… (more)

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