Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jun 2, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 352 pages
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Melisende - LibraryThing
Interesting story of a woman who was obviously ahead of the time she lived in. A woman - who rightly or wrongly - acted according to her own free will and refused to be constrained by the mores of the ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - gayla.bassham - LibraryThing
I didn't enjoy this as much as I thought I would. Idina just seemed so shallow and I couldn't stand the way she left her kids. It didn't quite work for me, although I can see why others would like it. Read full review