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This review is from: The Bolter: Idina Sackville - The woman who scandalised 1920s Society and became White Mischief's infamous seductress (Paperback)
We all loved the book, though it was an incredibly sad story and we felt very sorry for Idina. It was a tragic though clearly rich life. Failed marriages, untimely deaths and personal ill health haunted Idina. However Idina still managed to enjoy life and fitted a vast amount in: setting up 3 farms on previously untended land in Kenya is pretty impressive in itself - she was certainly highly regarded by the Kenyans. Then there is the massive house in Scotland that she project managed at a very young age. Also her trips to Paris in wartime and a drive to Kenya are incredible. She did all this and remained so glamorous - what a gal - hat's off to Idina.
We found the permissive Edwardian society absolutely astounding - affairs among the gentry were rife! In fact they seem to have been almost the norm and the general behaviour was shocking even to us broad minded modern women!. Idina certainly wasn't the worst.
At the beginning of the book it is easy to be judgemental about Idina, and the decisions she made, but as the story unfolds it is clear just how unselfish she was. We loved that Frances Osbourn made no judgement - she simply tells the story as it was and wasn't tempted to sensationalise. The afterword is an independent verification of all that Frances tells.
We found the footnotes through the book of no help at all but the family tree at the front of the book was frequently flicked back to by most of us.