- Paperback: 322 pages
- Publisher: Vintage (June 12, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345803280
- ISBN-13: 978-0345803283
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,311,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Osborne has created a thoughtful and evocative tale of class barriers eroding and opportunities expanding."
"Though Bea and Edward are virtually unacquainted with Grace and Michael, the lives of all four already are more connected than they can imagine. And those connections will become more complex—and, in Osborne’s hands, intriguing—as war begins to impact the foundations of British society." —The Star-Ledger
"Fans of Downton Abbey will have plenty of reading choices this summer to fill the void left by the popular television series, including Frances Osborne's second novel.” —Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Acclaim for Frances Osborne's The Bolter:
“Fascinating. . . beautifully written. . . . Frances Osborne brings the decadence of Britain’s dying aristocracy vividly to life in this story of scandal and heartbreak.” —Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of Young Stalin and Stalin: Court of the Red Tsar
“Osborne spins out an enjoyable pot-boiler, with lots of juicy details.” —New York Post
“[A] wildly entertaining biography.” —More
“For those who can’t ever get enough of the frolics and affairs of the British upper class in the ‘20s and ‘30s, this is the book for you. . . . Brilliant and utterly divine. . . . Full of charming details and wonderfully good stories about old scandals. . . . It’s a breath of fresh air from a vanished world.” —Michael Korda, The Daily Beast
“Osborne has written an engaging book, drawing a revealing portrait of a remarkable woman and adding humanity to her 'scandalous' life. . . . And what a life it was." —The Wall Street Journal
About the Author
Frances Osborne was born in London and studied philosophy and modern languages at Oxford University. She is the author of Lilla’s Feast and The Bolter. Her articles have appeared in The Daily Telegraph, The Times, The Independent, the Daily Mail, and Vogue. She lives in London with her husband, George Osborne, and their two children.
Top Customer Reviews
I kept interested through about half of the book as various situations involving the two develop. But shortly after the halfway point, the point where many books become more intensely interesting, it seems to me that this one feel apart, and rapidly. I had to sort of plough through the war years and the aftermath. These were points of the novel that, in my mind, could have been the epitome, but such wasn't the case.
So I don't urge you to read this nor do I urge you to avoid it. If you enjoy tories of the upper class and their servants during the years from 1814-1818, then do take a look at this and decide for yourself.
This novel has been compared to the TV series "Downton Abbey," which I have not seen enough of to judge. I thought it varied widely in pace and writing quality (the part with Beatrice in the war was superb, while the rest was less compelling). I think there was a good novel here somewhere, but it needed more revising to be truly good.