Walking on Sunshine

Frances Osborne – The Bolter – 2009/013

I didn’t have any expectations about this book, save that I assumed it was fiction.  It isn’t – it’s a biography of the five-times-divorced Idina Sackville – and, as such, I’m not sure I’d have picked it up if it wasn’t the March read for the Waterstone’s bookgroup.  I don’t usually ‘do’ biography although I realise I’ve not long slogged my way through Dickens and I’m loving the Laura Ingalls Wilder books.  The Bolter has made me think that, perhaps, I should ‘do’ more biography.

Frances Osborne is the great-granddauhter of the infamous Idina who, as the blurb on this book says ‘scandalised 1920s society’.  This isn’t just the story of dina – interesting though that was.  Osborne has done mountains of research and, therefore, is able to write about class, society, war, morality and history with an authoritative and plesant voice.  I now know a lot more about English society, Kenya, both World Wars and Idina Sackville having read this book and I’d recommend that anyone with an interest in these subjects read it too.


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