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Summary

When Sheba Hart joins St George's as the new pottery teacher, lonely Barbara Covett senses that she has found a kindred spirit. But Barbara is not the only one drawn to Sheba. Before long Sheba is involved in an illicit affair with a pupil, and Barbara is powerless to stop Sheba from pursuing her foolhardy course of action. But when the liaison is found out and Sheba's marriage falls apart, Barbara is loyally standing by, ready to provide succour.

©2003 Zoe Heller (P)2005 W.F. Howes Ltd

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Brilliant narrator

I knew this was good as I read the book and saw the film ten years ago. But hearing it - with this fantastic narrator- was the best of all. I will look out for more by Jilly Bond.

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Weird, twisted but oh sooo good

Sheba irritates me, but Barbra is something else. Barbra is devilishly funny, she has a twisted sense of humour and such a clever way with words.
This is such a good book. It’s weird though.
Hearing this story from Barbra’s perspective is what makes this story unique.
Thoroughly entertaining read.

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Disappointing and full of clichéic stereotypes

Unreliable Narrator interesting, but entire novel through the POV of an unlikeable one is tedious.

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Superb

An engrossing novel, performed by a superb narrator who has the ability to bring every character to life, I’ll be looking for more writing narrated by Jilly Bond. I couldn’t stop listening, so gripping is both storyline and storyteller. One of my favourite purchases. I only wish Heller would write more.

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Was that it?

First the positives. The book started off well describing the relationship between two teachers and eventually the relationship between one of the teachers and a pupil. The narration was spot on for each character and you could almost imagine the characters. However, the book ended so abruptly after the abuse was discovered. We knew that the teacher who had the relationship was dismissed and so was the other one supposedly because she was aware of it, but no information was given on what occurred or what happened with her marriage and why both teachers were staying together. It almost appears that there must be a sequel but I'm certainly confused. I gave it 3 stars because all in all it was a good read but too many things left unsaid.

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I sat in my car listening to this!

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I'm reading it for English A levels - Definitely worth reading but a very off plot.

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Completely mesmerising

A masterpiece of storytelling brought to life by this perfect rendition. I've read the book at least three times but having been brought low with a broken ankle this was my first choice of a good read. The second choice was Bonfire of the Vanities but sadly it's not available on Audible.

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One of the best books written...

In the past 20 years? Complex characters and chilling plot kept me hooked from the beginning. Bravo.

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Excellent story

Brilliant story, with pithily observed detail, and finely drawn characters. Great to listen to a decent book after kicking off 2020 with two duds!