Notes on a Scandal, by ZoŽ Heller

Sheba, a middle-aged female teacher has an affair with a fifteen year old pupil, gets found out and suffers criminal prosecution and tabloid scandal. The book is written by Barbara, an older woman teacher who has befriended Sheba and is trying to write an account of what happened.

This was OK but I'm not sure what's made it quite so successful. The most interesting aspect of the book was the slowly growing sense that something is not quite right with Barbara's relationship to Sheba: this sense comes through Barbara's writing, although initially it's by inference that we come to this conclusion, rather than as a result of any direct admission on Barbara's part.

Nice easy read, quite a good idea for a book, and worth reading, but nothing extraordinary.

Completed : 13-Feb-2005

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