The Bolter Author:Frances Osborne 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 char... more »m 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.« less
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Well written biography of a woman whose exploits were immortalized by writers and artists. She was considered a bolter----a woman who broke the rules and fled her marriage. Good information about women and divorce in Edwardian London and also the settling of whites in Kenya. Also explores the pain she had with five marriages and for someone to really love her. I would recommend this one.
I found this book overrated. I found Idina Sackville more pathetic than "intoxicating" (as one review said). Perhaps because I am familiar with the era I didn't find her story very compelling. For a book about the murder of Lord Erroll, I would recommend "White Mischief."