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by Frances Osborne

Download The Bolter: The Story of Idina Sackville, Who Ran Away to Become the Chief Seductress of Kenya's Scandalous Happy Valley Set ePub
  • ISBN 0307476421
  • ISBN13 978-0307476425
  • Language English
  • Author Frances Osborne
  • Publisher Vintage; 1 edition (May 4, 2010)
  • Pages 368
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  • Category Biography
  • Subcategory Historical
  • Size ePub 1383 kb
  • Size Fb2 1978 kb
  • Rating: 4.8
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A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the YearAn 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.

This book is a true story about Idina Sackville,told by her great granddaughter. Idina was among a wealthy group of people,whose heyday started in the early 1900's

This book is a true story about Idina Sackville,told by her great granddaughter. Idina was among a wealthy group of people,whose heyday started in the early 1900's. Nancy Mitford used Idina's life as the character "The Bolter " in her book " The Pursuit of Love ". Idina was considered quite a rebel during her lifetime. She really didn't care about acting properly,or following a strict set of rules.

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. Dazzlingly chic yet warmly intimate, The Bolter is a fascinating look at a woman whose energy still burns bright almost a century later. X. What would you like to do first?

Frances Osborne, London, United Kingdom. And she married and divorced a total of five times.

Frances Osborne, London, United Kingdom. from THE BOLTER: The Story of Idina Sackville, Who Ran Away to Become the Chief Seductress of Kenya's Scandalous "Happy Valley Set" (2009). Posted by the author's publisher). Vintage Books & Anchor Books. Idina’s bed, however, was known as the battleground.

In an age of bolters-women who broke the rules and fled their marriages-Idina Sackville was the most . But Idina's compelling charm masked the pain of betrayal and heartbreak

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 . 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 Se.

Now Frances Osborne explores the life of Idina, her enigmatic great-grandmother, using letters, diaries, and family . A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year An O, The Oprah Magazine Terrific Read

Frances Osborne is the author of international bestseller The Bolter, the biography of legendary seductress Idina Sackville, who ran off to Kenya,and was Frances’s great-grandmother.

Frances Osborne is the author of international bestseller The Bolter, the biography of legendary seductress Idina Sackville, who ran off to Kenya,and was Frances’s great-grandmother. The Bolter was shortlisted for Best Read in Britain, was a Sunday Times No. 1 bestseller, top of Oprah’s O Magazine best reads of the year and one of The San Francisco Chronicle's Best Books of the Year. She is also the author of Lilla's Feast, the true story of an English girl born an identical twin in China in the 1880’s, and of the West’s relationship with China over the century that followed, though.

Lady Myra Idina Sackville (26 February 1893 – 5 November 1955) was an English aristocrat and member of the Happy Valley set. Her behaviour and lifestyle scandalised middle class society. Lady Myra Idina Sackville was the daughter of Gilbert Sackville, 8th Earl De La Warr, and Lady Muriel Agnes Brassey, daughter of Thomas Brassey, 1st Earl Brassey, and Anna Allnutt. She had two younger siblings, her sister Avice and her brother Herbrand. Her cousin was the writer Vita Sackville-West

The author is the great-granddaughter of Idina, who faithfully traced the family history through letters, diaries and photographs of Idina’s life.

The Bolter: Idina Sackville, The Woman Who Scandalised 1920's Society And Became White Mischief's Infamous Seductress. The author is the great-granddaughter of Idina, who faithfully traced the family history through letters, diaries and photographs of Idina’s life. What we learn is that yes Idina flaunted conventions of the time, but she was also very strong, independent and hard working.

Talk about The Bolter: The Story of Idina Sackville, Who Ran Away to Become the Chief Seductress of Kenya's Scandalous Happy Valley Set


Anarawield
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, which held my interest from first to last. Well-written and thoroughly researched, it not only brings the story of the fascinating, and likely misunderstood, Idina to life, but it also gives us a glimpse into the lives of the British expatriates who were living in the British East Africa Protectorate--later the Crown Colony of Kenya—before and during WWII.

Mrs Osborne reveals fascinating historical details of which I was previously unaware. For instance, I had no idea that the British government offered up land in a sort of lottery to veterans of World War I (The doling out of other people's land is reminiscent of Marius (and other consuls) in ancient Rome paying off their veterans with land in North Africa). She also provide insight into the mores and double standards of aristocratic Great Britain during the early half of the 20th century, and the startling changes such norms underwent after the first world war..

Osborne's descriptions of Kenya were especially effective in that they actually 'took me there' to the highlands where "explosions of pansies, roses, and petunias" coexisted with giant nettles that "trembled with an unseen animal's roar".

I would recommend this absorbing book for anyone who is interested in early 20th-century history in general and British Colonialism and social history in particular.
Levion
This book is a true story about Idina Sackville ,told by her great granddaughter . Idina was among a wealthy group of people ,whose heyday started in the early 1900's . Nancy Mitford used Idina's life as the character "The Bolter " in her book " The Pursuit of Love " .

Idina was considered quite a rebel during her lifetime . She really didn't care about acting properly ,or following a strict set of rules . She seemed to enjoy making her own rules in life .Whatever made her happy was usually the path she took ,whether anyone else approved or not .

She was married and divorced 5 times and had too many other partners to even count . She loved throwing wild parties where pretty much everyone else enjoyed the same lifestyle as she did .

Oddly, you'd think she would have had a lot more enemies than she did , but most people who got to know her truly loved her .

She was among a group who settled in Kenya in an area nicknamed Happy Valley . It did seem to be a magical place where everyone was happy for many years ,but as time went on, the choices they all made began taking their toll .

Other well known people mentioned in the book were Beryl Markham, Karen Blixen , and Denis Finch-Hatton .
Zepavitta
Since I watched the movie "White Mischief" many years ago, I have been interested in the people and the happenings in that place called "Happy Valley" in Africa. There are bits and pieces of it here and there -- in the movie "Out of Africa", in the book by Beryl Markham, but this book seems to tie it all together from beginning to end by telling the story of one of the very first of the "Happy Valley" set, her almost unbelievable life, and her death, which almost marked the end of those days.

Since I had a great interest in the subject matter, I did enjoy this book. However, if you are not familiar with Happy Valley and are not interested in the lives of super-rich and titled Edwardians back in the day, it would be slow-going for you. Today, it is difficult to believe that people led such lives at all -- they make the super-rich of today look like peons. Their total disregard of the fact that England simply went in and took South Africa for themselves, while the English who moved in made slaves of the native peoples seems astonishing to the minds of us living in 2015, but this was European imperialism at its height, and was considered the norm.

It is an interesting look back, and perhaps an important look back, at a part of world history that should not be repeated, as full of scandal and gossip, drugs and affairs, coture , jewelry, great architecture and riches untold, as it is.