Zoë Heller

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Zoë Heller
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Heller in 2007
Born Zoë Kate Hinde Heller
(1965-07-07) 7 July 1965 (age 51)
St Pancras, London, England
Residence New York City, New York, U.S.
Alma mater Columbia University (M.A.)
Occupation Journalist, novelist
Children 2
Relatives Bruno Heller (brother)

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 a feature film in 2006.


Early life[edit]

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.[1][2][3]

Her brother is screenwriter Bruno Heller. She attended Haverstock School 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.[citation needed]


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,[4] and was a columnist for the Daily Telegraph, for which she won the British Press Awards' "Columnist of the Year" in 2002.[5] 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.[4]

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.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Heller lives in New York with her two daughters, Lula and Frankie.


  1. ^ Philippe Naughton (28 March 2012). "UK News, World News and Opinion". Timesplus.co.uk. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Two giants of literature — and one big question". The Jewish Chronicle. 24 June 2009. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 
  3. ^ Cohen, Patricia (26 February 2009). "Not Much Sympathy for Zoë Heller's Characters, but a Little Understanding". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ a b "Zoe Heller". British Council. Retrieved 20 March 2016. 
  5. ^ Birnbaum, Robert (29 July 2004). "Zoe Heller". The Morning News. Retrieved 20 March 2016. 
  6. ^ "Ox-Tales". Oxfam. Archived from the original on March 18, 2012. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 

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