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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A woman like no other …
- Saman "I am a lover of history and the fantastic tales of human achievement (or folly). Sometimes, a grand author captures my imagination."
When being bad is no good
I agree with the reviewers who said that, while well-researched, the author makes interesting material tedious. I am a fan of The Bolter a la Nancy Mitford and have loved reading about Beryl Markham, the Mitfords, etc. so I thought this book would be a no-miss for me. Oy. So dull. Like reading a laundry list of bad behavior.
No. It has given me an appreciation for those who make the genre come alive.
This is going to sound out there but someone like Davina Porter, who does the Outlander books, might have helped this book come alive. Susan Duerden has wonderful diction but her sing song delivery adds to the soporific quality of the whole experience.
This book ended up depressing me to the point where I had to stop listening. No wonder so many of the Happy Valley set met tragic ends. After listening to most of the book, morphine starts to sound like a good idea.
- Anne A. Kennedy "aakennedy"