Notes on a Scandal Essay - Critical Essays

Zoe Heller

Literary Criticism and Significance

What Was She Thinking? Notes on a Scandal propelled Zoe Heller into the top leagues of British literature and was shortlisted for the 2003 Man Booker Prize. According to American novelist Edmund White, Heller’s status is equal to Martin Amis and Ian McEwan. She is most praised for her use of the first-person unreliable narrator; and her work has even been compared to John Fowles in The Collector and William Trevor in Felicia’s Journey. Recently, Heller published her third novel, The Believers (2008), which has been shortlisted for the Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Literary Prize for Fiction (2009). Before Zoe Heller became a novelist, she wrote confessional fiction in the Sunday Times for four years. She now writes for the Daily Telegraph and was named Columnist for the Year in 2002. In 2006, Notes on a Scandal was made into a feature film starring Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett.