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Enid Bagnold, author of The Squire
Enid Bagnold, born in Kent in 1889, lived in Jamaica where her father was CO, Royal Engineers, and attended the progressive Prior's Field in Surrey from 1902-6. A 'tomboyish, dramatic, outdoor, beautiful girl' (DNB), she spent some months in Lausanne and in Paris and lived in Chelsea learning to draw. She was a VAD during WWI and wroteA Diary without DatesandThe Happy Foreignerabout this. After her marriage to Sir Roderick Jones (MD of Reuter's 1916-41) she led a sociable life in Hyde Park Gate and Rottingdean, Sussex; four children were born - Laurian, Timothy, Richard and Dominick. More novels appeared, includingNational Velvet(1935, filmed 1944) andThe Squire(The Door of Lifein the US) in 1938: 'imagineTo the Lighthousewritten by Mrs Ramsay expecting her fifth child and you get something of the spirit' (Margaret Drabble). Later Enid Bagnold wrote plays,The Chalk Garden(1955) being the best-known. She died in 1981.