Author(s): Zoe Heller
We don't have secrets, Sheba and I. From the first day that the beguiling Sheba Hart joins the staff of St George's, history teacher Barbara Covett is convinced that 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 young pupils, Barbara quickly elects herself as Sheba's chief defender. But all is not as at first it seems in this dark story and, as Sheba will soon discover, a friend can be just as treacherous as any lover.
Shortlisted for Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2003.
Fascinating, brilliant, horribly addictive Guardian Superbly gripping. One of the most compelling books I've read in ages Daily Telegraph Deliciously sinister Daily Mail Excellent. An undercurrent of subtle malice, cleverly controlled by Heller Evening Standard Brilliant, nasty, gripping -- Zadie Smith Observer Reads like a nose through someone else's bathroom cabinet: full of guilty insights and delicious snobbery Independent A subtle study in obsession and loneliness ... my take-it-to-the-beach recommendation -- Monica Ali Guardian Summer Reading The most gripping book I have read so far this year Independent on Sunday
Zoe 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. She lives in New York.