Shortlisted for the Booker Prize and now a major motion picture from Fox Searchlight starring Cate Blanchett and Judi Dench. Schoolteacher Barbara Covett has led a solitary1 life until Sheba Hart, the new art teacher at St. George's, befriends her. But even as their relationship develops, so too does another: Sheba has begun an illicit2 affair with an underage male student. When the scandal turns into a media circus, Barbara decides to write an account in her friend's defense3 --and ends up revealing not only Sheba's secrets, but also her own.
Zoe Heller was born in London. Her work as a feature writer, critic, and columnist4 has appeared in The Independent on Sunday, The London Sunday Times, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, The London Review of Books, Esquire, The New Republic, and The Times Literary Supplement. She currently writes a weekly column for the London Telegraph, for which she won the 2002 British Press Award for Columnist of the Year. She has lived in New York since 1993.