Heller in 2007
Zoë Kate Hinde Heller|
7 July 1965
St Pancras, London, England
|Residence||New York City, New York, U.S.|
|Alma mater||Columbia University (M.A.)|
Caroline Carter Heller|
Bruno Heller (brother)|
Cordelia Edvardson (aunt)
Hermann Heller (grandfather)
|Family||Jennifer Konner (step-daughter)|
Zoë Kate Hinde Heller (born 7 July 1965) is an English journalist and novelist. She has published three novels, Everything You Know (1999), Notes on a Scandal (2003), and The Believers (2008). Notes on a Scandal was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and was made into a feature film in 2006.
Heller was born in St Pancras, north London, as the youngest of four children of Caroline (née Carter) and Lukas Heller, a successful screenwriter. Her father was a German Jewish immigrant and her mother was English and a Quaker. Her paternal grandfather was political philosopher Hermann Heller.
Her brother is screenwriter Bruno Heller. She attended Haverstock School in north London and then studied English at St Anne's College, Oxford, before going on to Columbia University, New York where she received an MA in 1988.
Heller began her career in journalism, as a feature writer for the Independent on Sunday in the UK. She later returned to New York to write for Vanity Fair and then The New Yorker. She wrote a weekly column for the Sunday Times magazine in the UK, and was a columnist for the Daily Telegraph, for which she won the British Press Awards' "Columnist of the Year" in 2002. She co-wrote the screenplay for the 1991 independent film, Twenty-One.
Heller has published three novels, Everything You Know (1999), Notes on a Scandal (2003), which was one of six books shortlisted for the Booker Prize and was made into a film in 2006, and The Believers (2008). The Believers was shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in 2010. Heller is currently writing her fourth novel.
In 2009, she donated the short story What She Did On Her Summer Vacation to Oxfam's 'Ox-Tales' project, four collections of UK stories written by 38 authors. Her story was published in the 'Water' collection.
- Philippe Naughton (28 March 2012). "UK News, World News and Opinion". Timesplus.co.uk. Retrieved 4 April 2012.
- "Two giants of literature — and one big question". The Jewish Chronicle. 24 June 2009. Retrieved 4 April 2012.
- Cohen, Patricia (26 February 2009). "Not Much Sympathy for Zoë Heller's Characters, but a Little Understanding". The New York Times.
- "WEDDINGS; Miranda Cowley And Bruno Heller". New York Times. June 20, 1993.
- "Zoe Heller". British Council. Retrieved 20 March 2016.
- Birnbaum, Robert (29 July 2004). "Zoe Heller". The Morning News. Retrieved 20 March 2016.
- "Ox-Tales". Oxfam. Archived from the original on March 18, 2012. Retrieved 4 April 2012.
- Evening Standard: "Teacher-pupil affairs: That's not the real scandal" by Alastair McKay 22 January 2007
- The telegraph: "Notes on a Scandal author Zoë Heller 'leaves her Hollywood screenwriter husband' - Zoë Heller, the author of Notes on a Scandal, is said to have left her husband, the Hollywood screenwriter Larry Konner." By Richard Eden 12 Dec 2010
- Zoë Heller on IMDb
- "Zoë Heller : 'I loathe myself by the end of each week'", independent.co.uk; accessed 31 January 2015.
- Jewish Chronicle, "Heller goes to Hollywood", 16 February 2007, p. 29.
- Heller's Writings, tnr.com; accessed 31 January 2015.