The Bolter: Idina Sackville - The Woman Who Scandalised 1920s Society and Became White Mischief's Infamous Seductress

by Frances Osborne | Biographies & Memoirs |
ISBN: 1844084809 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingCross-patchwing of Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom on 8/22/2014
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Journal Entry 1 by wingCross-patchwing from Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Friday, August 22, 2014
On 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.

Journal Entry 2 by wingCross-patchwing at Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Friday, August 22, 2014
A very well researched and written biography. This is not my favourite genre and I couldn't put it down. I have nothing but respect for the author in her handling of a difficult subject, especially as Idina Sackville is a direct ancestor.

Journal Entry 3 by wingCross-patchwing at Mrs Bridges Tea Rooms in Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Released 8 yrs ago (9/23/2014 UTC) at Mrs Bridges Tea Rooms in Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom

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I'm taking this to a mini meet-up for lunch at Mrs Bridges. It is on Sparkish's Wishlist, so I hope it gets to her!

Journal Entry 4 by raeliz64 at Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Monday, September 7, 2015
This was passed on to me to pass on to Sparkish. Sorry for the delay, it's going in the post today.

Journal Entry 5 by raeliz64 at Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Monday, September 7, 2015

Released 7 yrs ago (9/7/2015 UTC) at Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom

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On it's way to Sparkish.

Journal Entry 6 by Sparkish at Fleckney, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Sunday, September 20, 2015
This has arrived safe and sound in Fleckney. Sorry about the delay in journaling - I have just got back from holiday! Thank you Cross-patch and raeliz64 It was a lovely surprise when I saw what it was and I will look forward to reading it.

Journal Entry 7 by Sparkish at Fleckney, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Sunday, September 11, 2022
Finished this morning, a really interesting read. I had no prior knowledge of Happy Valley in Kenya or the things that went on there and I hope to find out more when I have the opportunity! I realise I am looking at this through a modern lense but I felt rather sorry for Idina. In spite of all the misbehaviour and questionable decisions she seems to have been a very caring and courageous woman who just wanted to be loved.

I will try and find a new home for this one soon. I might take it the the Nottingham meet later this month.

Journal Entry 8 by Sparkish at Divine Coffee House ☕ in Sherwood, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom on Saturday, September 24, 2022

Released 2 mos ago (9/24/2022 UTC) at Divine Coffee House ☕ in Sherwood, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom

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Released at the Nottingham meet up

Journal Entry 9 by doodleali at Arnold, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom on Sunday, September 25, 2022
Picked this up at the Nottingham Meet up I look forward to reading.

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