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The Bolter

Osborne, Frances

(Book - 2009)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Bolter
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"The story of the wild, beautiful, fearless IDINA SACKVILLE, descendant of one of England's oldest families, who went off to KENYA in search of adventure and became known as the high priestess of the scandalous "HAPPY VALLEY SET"--jacket cover.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2009
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780307270146
0307270149
Branch Call Number: B-Sa1475o 2009
Characteristics: xi, 300 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm

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The story of the wild, beautiful, fearless Idina Sackville, descendant of one of England's oldest families, who went off to Kenya in search of adventure and became known as the high priestess of the scandalous Happy Valley Set .


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Dec 01, 2013
  • jazpur rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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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