The Bolter: Idina Sackville - The Woman Who Scandalised 1920s Society and Became White Mischief's Infamous Seductress (Paperback)
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DescriptionOn Friday 25th May, 1934, a forty-one-year-old woman walked into the lobby of Claridge's Hotel to meet the nineteen-year-old son whose face she did not know. Fifteen years earlier, as the First World War ended, Idina Sackville shocked high society by leaving his multimillionaire father to run off to Africa with a near penniless man. An inspiration for Nancy Mitford's character The Bolter, painted by William Orpen, and photographed by Cecil Beaton, Sackville went on to divorce a total of five times, yet died with a picture of her first love by her bed. Her struggle to reinvent her life with each new marriage left one husband murdered and branded her the 'high priestess' of White Mischief's bed-hopping Happy Valley in Kenya. Sackville's life was so scandalous that it was kept a secret from her great-granddaughter Frances Osborne. Now, Osborne tells the moving tale of betrayal and heartbreak behind Sackville's road to scandal and return, painting a dazzling portrait of high society in the early twentieth century.
- Published: 29 December 2008
- Format: Paperback 336 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781844084807 ISBN 10: 1844084809
- Sales rank: 10,868
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Reviews for The Bolter
I found it hard to relate to the characters in the book at the beginning, my connection to the main character grew stronger as the book progressed. The pictures were a welcomed addition to the book and helped me envision Idina's life. It is a tragic story told from a storyteller's point of view. The storyteller seems to be detached as if telling facts which I think contributed to the difficulty I experienced at the beginning. Overall a good read by mona abed algani