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Frances Osborne's notions about her venerable, staid family tree were shaken to the roots when she began reading the serialization of James Fox's 1983 White Mischief exposé of her aristocratic great-grandmother's drug and alcohol-fueled orgies. According to the book, Lady Idina Sackville's "Happy Valley" set of British expatriates dealt with the loneliness of Kenyan cattle country by excessive imbibing and promiscuity. Almost on the spot, Osborne decided to investigate her much-maligned ancestor. This fully illustrated biography reveals a woman far more complicated and sympathetic than stereotypical media concoctions. Now in paperback.