If you know anything about me, you know that...
The 1920's + Africa + Adultery (I jest) = Perfection!
...So when Tavarua recommended The Bolter to me I couldn't resist. It tells the fascinating story of a Idina Sackville, known for leaving her husband and two young children and moving clear to Africa. Nancy Mitford characterized her in Love in a Cold Climate and The Pursuit of Love. Greta Garbo played her in the silent film, The Green Hat. A monster you must be thinking as did I. As did the the writer, Frances Osborne, Sackville's great-granddaughter.
But when you read what Osborne uncovered reading through family journals, you find out what really was behind her leaving. Your blood will boil in defence of her and your heart will break.
Without giving too much away, she was an amazing lady. When she moved to Kenya, she built a grand home, Clouds, overlooking the Rift Valley. She would ride her horse and work all day on the farm barefoot in corduroys, then show up to a party wearing the latest Paris Couture flawlessly. She was in constant search for love, but never seemed to love anyone as much as her first, Euan Wallace, the father of the two boys.
Karen and Bror Blixon were mentioned throughout, as were the other unique characters of the Happy Valley set.
Like all biographies they always end in death, and this one really devastated me. I didn't want it to end! Read it. Then call me and we can cry about it together.