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So, who's read any of Zoe Heller's novels?

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thedolly Fri 16-Oct-09 21:07:31

I read The Believers and Notes on a Scandal back to back and loved them both. The Believer's is my book group read for the month.

TheWheelsOnTheBusHaveFallenOff Fri 16-Oct-09 21:12:20

read Notes on a Scandal, started the Believers and then it got shelved for some reason, don't know why as I was enjoying it though thought it would take a bit of getting into. Does it? It seemed a bit slow so should I go back and start again? I don't usually abandon books.

NoaS I did enjoy, seemed to evolve in a very quiet and tense way, lowkey yet full of depth.

daisyj Fri 16-Oct-09 21:18:46

I think she's fab - I used to love her Sunday Times magazine column from the 90s. Read both of the above - yes persist with The Believers - definitely worth it. And if you like her then try Curtis Sittenfeld. I think they are similar in that they both do brilliant page-turning social commentary (so frequently done in a worthy and pointed way that makes it anything but page-turning, imo).

janeite Fri 16-Oct-09 21:20:32

I have read Notes On A Scandal. I thought it was absolute tosh, sorry.

saltyseadog Fri 16-Oct-09 21:22:02

I have read Notes on a Scandal and The Believers - far preferred the latter but it did take quite a while to get into.

squeaver Fri 16-Oct-09 21:24:10

She gets better with every book imo. Especially in terms of depicting utterly believable and interesting characters.

thedolly Fri 16-Oct-09 21:25:15

Her characters are so easily evoked and there are plenty of them in The Believers. It was a bit slow to start with but definitely worth another try Wheels.

daisyj - I never read her column although I wish I had. What sort of things did she write about?

TheWheelsOnTheBusHaveFallenOff Fri 16-Oct-09 21:29:04

oh yes I loved the columns and that's why I first bought Notes, had read it before it got Booker nominated I think. Her columns were about life in general but nicely observed, self deprecating and witty. Hannah Betts could learn a thing or two I reckon.

daisyj Fri 16-Oct-09 21:29:36

Her column spawned a thousand pale imitations. She was like a pre-Bridget Jones, girl about town, but with far more intelligence and street smarts and without the whingeing. Don't know if it would hold up now, but I thought it was great when I was 20-something.

daisyj Fri 16-Oct-09 21:31:39

x-post with Wheels - yes, better description than mine - to even invoke BJ was to do Zoe a disservice. They could all learn a thing or two. I still have a bit of a girl-crush on her!

pointyhat Fri 16-Oct-09 21:41:39

I read Notes on a scandal. Not great.

LadyG Fri 16-Oct-09 21:49:11

Liked The Believers-think it got unfairly slated. (Lots of the reviews said all the characters were unlikeable).

thedolly Fri 16-Oct-09 21:54:15

LadyG - The mum was definitely unlikeable but I loved the daughters.

I see there has already been a movie of NoaS with Judy Dench in it (so it must be good).

daisyj Fri 16-Oct-09 21:54:16

They were quite unlikeable, but compelling despite (or because of) that. Funny what is considered a criticism - maybe those reviewers prefer bland homogenous, 'nice' characters... <<flounces off in a 'how dare they criticise Zoe' huff>>

janeite Fri 16-Oct-09 22:06:22

Can't stand Judy Dench either!

tearinghairout Fri 16-Oct-09 22:17:46

I enjoyed Notes on a Scandal. It made me realise what a bitter old cow

tearinghairout Fri 16-Oct-09 22:19:14

Oops end of post got cut off - What a bitter old cow one could turn into if one wasn't careful! Made me make a mental note to be nicer in general, which can't be a bad thing for a book to do.

thedolly Fri 16-Oct-09 22:28:41

I had that thought many times when reading The Believers grin.

tearinghairout Fri 16-Oct-09 22:37:29

I need a good book. Thanks chums, I'm off to the library tomorrow!

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