The contemporary novel to make the list:
Notes on a Scandal by Zoë Heller [US title: What Was She Thinking?]Read about the other entries on the list.
A murky tale of middle-class scandal from Zoë Heller.
When Sheba, an art teacher, begins an affair with a 15-year-old pupil, she confides in Barbara, an older colleague and friend. But Barbara's intentions are flawed; she uses her position to render Sheba entirely dependent, a solution to her own loneliness and obsessions. It is also the subject of an excellent film adaptation starring Cate Blanchett.
Also see Henry E. Scott's five best books about scandals.