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The Bolter (Paperback)

Author:  Frances Osborne
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0307476421
ISBN-13: 9780307476425
Sku: 212323747
Publish Date: 5/4/2010
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.5H x 5.25L x 0.75T
Pages:  344
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Looks at the life of Idina Sackville, a woman descended from one of Englands oldest families, who created a variety of scandals throughout her life, including her leaving her husband and children for an adventure in Kenya. *Author: Osborne, Frances *Publication Date: 2010/05/04 *Number of Pages: 344 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 8.50
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A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year
An 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.
France Osborne shines a sympathetic light on the scandalous life of her great-grandmother, the notorious flapper Lady Idina Sackville who burned through money, booze, and husbands in the 1920s before fleeing to the hedonistic exile of Kenya's "Happy Valley" in the aftermath of the crash. A life straight out of Evelyn Waugh's VILE BODIES, Idina may have been--Osborne claims--the inspiration for "The Bolter" in Nancy Mitford's THE PURSUIT OF LOVE, and the murder of her one-time husband Joss Earl in Africa became the subject of James Fox's WHITE MISCHIEF. Literary allusion aside, Idina's life is a riveting read, teetering always between wild romp and utter catastrophe.

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