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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.
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