Frances Osborne is an author and a biographer. Her book Park Lane (2012) is the first of two historical novels for her UK publishers, Virago. In 2008 she published The Bolter: Idina Sackville – the woman who scandalised 1920’s society and became White Mischief’s infamous seductress, a National Bestseller in the USA. It was also listed as an O (Oprah Magazine) 'Terrific Read Of 2009', and was the San Francisco Chronicle’s 'Best Book of the Year'. In the UK, The Bolter was selected for the Richard and Judy Bookclub, shortlisted for the 'Best Read in Britain' prize, and has held the Number One position in several paperback non-fiction lists, including The Sunday Times, where it was in the Top Ten for almost three months.