The last of the guests will arrive today but Isabella, her fiance and their immediate families have already spent a week at the venue, Sir Richard’s private safari reserve, Ulusaba, on the edge of the Kruger National Park in South Africa.The reserve is home to a number of luxurious lodges located beneath a canopy of ancient trees on the edge of a dry riverbed.Although critics differ as to the value of The Well as a work of literature, its treatment of sexuality and gender continues to inspire study and debate.
As an actress, she has played Astrid Kirchherr, girlfriend of fifth Beatle Stuart Sutcliffe in the stage musical Backbeat, had a part in a West End production of Chariots Of Fire, and featured in several horror films — in one she played a girl who returns to her ancestral home, shoots herself and turns into a beast.
Their two daughters, Jill and Dawn, were bold, fearless children who enjoyed a sporty childhood at the family’s gracious home, Knoll Hill, near Kidderminster, which boasted a tennis court and indoor swimming pool. Both she and Jill rode Captain Jack’s polo ponies before they could walk, using the safety stirrups he had invented.
He took both girls hunting with the Albrighton Woodland Hunt as toddlers, instilling a lifetime’s love of the sport.
The novel became the target of a campaign by James Douglas, editor of the Sunday Express newspaper, who wrote, "I would rather give a healthy boy or a healthy girl a phial of prussic acid than this novel." Although its only sexual reference consists of the words "and that night, they were not divided", a British court judged it obscene because it defended "unnatural practices between women".
Its role in promoting images of lesbians as "mannish" or cross-dressed women has also been controversial.