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This is an auction for NOTES ON A SCANDAL by Zoe Heller.

"Zoe Heller's second novel is the sort of book you get through in one sitting. It's centred around Barbara and Sheba, teachers at St George's, where Sheba, the new pottery teacher, livens up the proceedings at the school, first with her charisma and then with her affair with a student. Barbara, the 'incubus' as she is described, is an uncomfortable and stifling woman, but her humanity has her jumping out of the page at you: you've met her before, you didn't like her and were probably scared of her. Both women are very ordinary, making their complex psychologies all the more disturbing. In fact, all of Heller's characters are alarmingly recognizable, and the situations so familiar and real that you feel as though you are intruding upon something dangerous; the more you read the more you want to hide from the plot and the people she has created. The 'notes on a scandal' are Barbara's account of events as Sheba's circumstances hurtle out of control, with Barbara her unflinching, irrepressible stalwart, her 'notes' providing a turning point in the pair's unhealthy and compelling relationship. On the surface, Sheba may appear to be the only guilty party but those around, including her husband, other teachers and the media, all have a part to play in or something to gain from her downfall. Heller has written about the power of passion and the horrors of repression in an earthy, stingingly humorous satire that puts every other book of this ilk in the shadows. This novel is guaranteed to have you hooked from the first word to the last. Simply genius."
- Kirkus Reviews (UK)

Paperback 2006.

244 pages.

Good condition.

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