The Bolter

The Bolter


By (author) Frances Osborne

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 344 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 201mm x 23mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 4 May 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0307476421
  • ISBN 13: 9780307476425
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, black & white line drawings, frontispiece, charts
  • Sales rank: 197,810

Product description

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.

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Author information

Frances Osborne was born in London and studied philosophy and modern languages at Oxford University. She is the author of "Lilla's Feast." Her articles have appeared in "The Daily Telegraph, The Times, The Independent, "the "Daily Mail, "and "Vogue." She lives in London with her husband, a Member of Parliament, and their two children.

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"Engrossing and beautifully written. . . . [An] affecting story." --"San Francisco Chronicle " "Intoxicating." --"People " "If notorious relatives make for the best dinner-party anecdotes, then Frances Osborne should be able to dine out for decades.... Enthralling." --"The Plain Dealer " "Idina Sackville . . . could have stepped out of an Evelyn Waugh satire about the bright young things who partied away their days in the '20s and '30s, and later crashed and burned. . . . Frances Osborne . . . conjure[s] a vanished world with novelistic detail and flair." --"The New York Times " "An engaging book, drawing a revealing portrait of a remarkable woman and adding humanity to her 'scandalous' life. . . . Ms. Osborne has succeeded in her stated aim, to write a book that 'has in a way brought Idina back to life.' And what a life it was." "--The Wall Street Journal ""Vibrant. . . . Osborne connects vast expanses of the dots that formed Idina's reality: the gender inequalities in Edwardian England, the economic imperatives of colonialism, the mores of upper-class adultery, the differences between Idina's aristocratic father . . . and her merely wealthy mother." "--Newsday ""Intelligent, moving, and packed with exquisite detail." "--Providence Journal ""[Idina Sackville's] life story, speckled with the names of the rich and famous, is a miniature history lesson, bringing into sharp focus both world wars, the Jazz Age, and the colonization of Kenya. . . . Sackville's passion lights up the page." "--Entertainment Weekly ""[A] rumbustious and harrowing biography that takes us from London to Newport to Kenya. . . . A feast for the Anglophile." "--The New York Times Book Review " "Brilliant and utterly divine. . . . A breath of fresh air from a vanished world." "--The Daily Beast """The Bolter" is a biographical treat." "--Good Housekeeping ""Fascinating. . . . Paint[s] an interesting picture of