The Bolter

The Bolter

eBook - 2009
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A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the YearAn O, The Oprah Magazine #1 Terrific Read In an age of bolters--women who broke the rules and fled their marriages--Idina Sackville was the most celebrated of them all. Her relentless affairs, wild sex parties, and brazen flaunting of convention shocked high society and inspired countless writers and artists, from Nancy Mitford to Greta Garbo. But Idina's compelling charm masked the pain of betrayal and heartbreak. Now Frances Osborne explores the life of Idina, her enigmatic great-grandmother, using letters, diaries, and family legend, following her from Edwardian London to the hills of Kenya, where she reigned over the scandalous antics of the "Happy Valley Set." Dazzlingly chic yet warmly intimate, The Bolter is a fascinating look at a woman whose energy still burns bright almost a century later.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: 2009
ISBN: 9780307272324
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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Jan 18, 2018

To be rich enough at that time was certainly a different world.

Nov 26, 2015

Very interesting, and as Jazpur mentioned, written with sympathy and understanding one can have a little insight into why the bolter was a bolter. Another interesting book to read about Kenya and the Happy Valley society is The Temptress by Paul Spicer

Sep 11, 2015

"The Bolter" was a horrible person, but the book is very readable.

Nov 30, 2013

Idina Sackville, the Bolter, she of the 5 divorces and innumerable lovers, who scandalised polite society in the 20's and 30's both in the UK and Kenya was cut off from her family and never mentioned. Her great granddaughter did not even know of her existence until she was an adult. Her escapades have provided inspiration for writers for several generations.I first came across her in Nancy Mitford's The Pursuit of Love.James Fox wrote White Mischief about the unsolved murder of erstwhile husband no3, The Earl of Erroll. Lauren Willig's more recent The Ashford Affair was the outcome of her reading Frances Osborne's The Bolter which tells the tragic story of her greatgrandmother's life with sympathy and understanding.Very well researched and accompanied by family photographs, her book is beyond sad; a generational history of loss and betrayal that gives a great insight into the events and upper class mores of late C19-mid C20.


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