Sunday, July 19, 2009

Great-Grandma Had Some Issues

Frances Osborne has written a biography about one of her ancestors, Idina Sackville, whom she first heard about at age 13.

As she and her younger sister pored over a newspaper serialization of an account of a notorious murder in Kenya, her father glanced at her mother and said, "You have to tell her."

Idina, it turned out, was Osborne's disgraced great-grandmother, five times married and five times divorced, and the ringleader of a wife-swapping, morphine-addicted English expatriate colony in east Africa in the 1920s, '30s and '40s. [Link]

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