Zoe Heller: Notes on a Scandal

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Notes on a Scandal is the provocatively titled second novel of British novelist Zoë Heller, first published in the United Kingdom in 2003. The novel was published later that same year in the USA under the title What Was She Thinking? Notes on a Scandal, and is an example of the problematic category of the “literary bestseller”. The novel, which tells the story of an illicit sexual relationship between pottery teacher, Bathsheba “Sheba” Hart, and her fifteen-year-old student, Steven Connolly, was one of six books shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2003. The novel also garnered a significant amount of publicity through the fact that it was featured in “The Richard and Judy Book Club” during the club’s …

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Yiannitsaros, Christopher. "Notes on a Scandal". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 October 2010
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=30727, accessed 01 October 2016.]

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