The Bolter

The Bolter

Book - 2009
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"The story of the wild, beautiful, fearless IDINA SACKVILLE, descendant of one of England's oldest families, who went off to KENYA in search of adventure and became known as the high priestess of the scandalous "HAPPY VALLEY SET"--jacket cover.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2009.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780307270146
0307270149
Characteristics: xi, 300 p. : ill., geneal. table ; 25 cm.

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ladybugg
Nov 26, 2015

Very interesting, and as Jazpur mentioned, written with sympathy and understanding one can have a little insight into why the bolter was a bolter. Another interesting book to read about Kenya and the Happy Valley society is The Temptress by Paul Spicer

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uncommonreader
Sep 11, 2015

"The Bolter" was a horrible person, but the book is very readable.

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jazpur
Nov 30, 2013

Idina Sackville, the Bolter, she of the 5 divorces and innumerable lovers, who scandalised polite society in the 20's and 30's both in the UK and Kenya was cut off from her family and never mentioned. Her great granddaughter did not even know of her existence until she was an adult. Her escapades have provided inspiration for writers for several generations.I first came across her in Nancy Mitford's The Pursuit of Love.James Fox wrote White Mischief about the unsolved murder of erstwhile husband no3, The Earl of Erroll. Lauren Willig's more recent The Ashford Affair was the outcome of her reading Frances Osborne's The Bolter which tells the tragic story of her greatgrandmother's life with sympathy and understanding.Very well researched and accompanied by family photographs, her book is beyond sad; a generational history of loss and betrayal that gives a great insight into the events and upper class mores of late C19-mid C20.

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