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The Happy Foreigner

(1920)
A novel by

 
Enid Bagnold, Lady Jones, CBE (27 October 1889 - 31 March 1981), known by her maiden name as Enid Algerine Bagnold, was a British author and playwright, best known for the 1935 story National Velvet which was filmed in 1944 with Elizabeth Taylor. She was born in Rochester, Kent, and brought up mostly in Jamaica. She went to art school at the school of Walter Sickert in London, and then worked for Frank Harris, who was also her first lover. She was a nurse during World War I, writing critically of the hospital administration and being dismissed as a result. She was a driver in France for the remainder of the war years. She wrote of her hospital experiences in Diary Without Dates and her driving experiences in The Happy Foreigner. Her brother Ralph Bagnold founded the Long Range Desert Group (LRDG) during World War II[1], a precursor of the SAS. In 1920 she married Sir Roderick Jones (Chairman of Reuters) but continued to use her maiden name for her writing. They lived at North End House in Rottingdean, near Brighton, Sussex, (previously the home of Sir Edward Burne-Jones), the garden of which inspired her play The Chalk Garden. They had four children. Their great-granddaughter is Samantha Cameron, wife of the United Kingdom's current Conservative Party leader David Cameron. Lady Jones died at Rottingdean in 1981 and is buried at St Margaret's Church.

Fanny, an English girl, goes to France at the end of the war and drives a car for the French Army. She falls in love, but it comes to nothing, and the end might be the beginning. Who Fanny is, what her life has been up till the moment she is discovered for us 'stretched upon the table of the Y.W.C.A.' in Paris, on her way to Bar-le-Duc, we are not told. She remains from first to last an unknown young woman, secret, folded within herself, a 'happy foreigner.' She is almost without fear; nothing can overwhelm her or cast her down, because it is her nature, and unchangeable, to find in all things a grain of living beauty. We have the feeling that she is, above all, unbroken. Driving in the rain, in the darkness, in the snow, living in a paper cubicle, with the bright eyes of a rat peering at her, enduring cold and vile food, being covered in mud from head to foot - these things happen to her, but she passes them by. They do not matter. They are incidents on the journey, but they are not more.

 
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Hardback Editions

December 2015 : Hardback
thumbTitle: The Happy Foreigner
Author(s): Enid Bagnold
ISBN: 1-347-71747-1 / 978-1-347-71747-9
Publisher: Palala Press
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September 2010 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: The Happy Foreigner
Author(s): Enid Bagnold
ISBN: 1-169-28579-1 / 978-1-169-28579-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC
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May 2010 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: The Happy Foreigner the Happy Foreigner
Author(s): Enid Bagnold
ISBN: 1-161-46545-6 / 978-1-161-46545-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC
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November 2008 : USA Hardback
Title: The Happy Foreigner
Author(s): Enid Bagnold
ISBN: 1-4378-6635-2 / 978-1-4378-6635-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: IndyPublish
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August 2008 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: The Happy Foreigner
Author(s): Enid Bagnold
ISBN: 0-554-32471-7 / 978-0-554-32471-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: BiblioLife
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August 2008 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: The Happy Foreigner (Large Print Edition)
Author(s): Enid Bagnold
ISBN: 0-554-23168-9 / 978-0-554-23168-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: BiblioLife
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January 2006 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: The Happy Foreigner
Author(s): Enid Bagnold
ISBN: 1-4218-1033-6 / 978-1-4218-1033-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: 1st World Library
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January 2004 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: The Happy Foreigner
Author(s): Enid Bagnold
ISBN: 1-4142-7138-7 / 978-1-4142-7138-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: IndyPublish.com
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Paperback Editions

August 2012 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Happy Foreigner
Author(s): Enid Bagnold
ISBN: 1-153-70518-4 / 978-1-153-70518-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: RareBooksClub.com
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March 2012 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Happy Foreigner...
Author(s): Enid Bagnold
ISBN: 1-277-95265-5 / 978-1-277-95265-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nabu Press
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2011 : UK Paperback
Title: The Happy Foreigner
Author(s): Enid Bagnold
ISBN: 1-4480-1200-7 / 978-1-4480-1200-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: The Echo Library
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September 2010 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Happy Foreigner
Author(s): Enid Bagnold
ISBN: 1-162-69680-X / 978-1-162-69680-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC
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January 2010 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Happy Foreigner
Author(s): Enid Bagnold
ISBN: 1-4076-5572-8 / 978-1-4076-5572-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: HardPress Publishing
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December 2009 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Happy Foreigner
Author(s): Enid Bagnold
ISBN: 1-150-78718-X / 978-1-150-78718-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: General Books LLC
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November 2009 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Happy Foreigner
Author(s): Enid Bagnold
ISBN: 1-4385-2911-2 / 978-1-4385-2911-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Book Jungle
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November 2008 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Happy Foreigner
Author(s): Enid Bagnold
ISBN: 1-4378-6621-2 / 978-1-4378-6621-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: IndyPublish
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March 2007 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Happy Foreigner
Author(s): Enid Bagnold
ISBN: 1-4068-2384-8 / 978-1-4068-2384-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Echo Library
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February 2007 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Happy Foreigner
Author(s): Enid Bagnold
ISBN: 0-554-12566-8 / 978-0-554-12566-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: BiblioBazaar
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February 2007 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Happy Foreigner
Author(s): Enid Bagnold
ISBN: 0-554-01862-4 / 978-0-554-01862-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: BiblioBazaar
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November 2006 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Happy Foreigner
Author(s): Enid Bagnold
ISBN: 1-4069-4082-8 / 978-1-4069-4082-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hard Press
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October 2006 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Happy Foreigner
Author(s): Enid Bagnold
ISBN: 1-4264-3821-4 / 978-1-4264-3821-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: BiblioBazaar
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October 2006 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Happy Foreigner
Author(s): Enid Bagnold
ISBN: 1-4264-3891-5 / 978-1-4264-3891-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: BiblioBazaar
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March 2006 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Happy Foreigner
Author(s): Enid Bagnold
ISBN: 1-4065-0444-0 / 978-1-4065-0444-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Dodo Press
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September 2005 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Happy Foreigner
Author(s): Enid Bagnold
ISBN: 1-4218-1133-2 / 978-1-4218-1133-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: 1st World Library
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June 2004 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Happy Foreigner
Author(s): Enid Bagnold
ISBN: 1-4191-6537-2 / 978-1-4191-6537-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC
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January 2004 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Happy Foreigner
Author(s): Enid Bagnold
ISBN: 1-4142-7139-5 / 978-1-4142-7139-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: IndyPublish
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July 1987 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Bagnold Enid : Happy Foreigner (Vmc)
Author(s): Enid Bagnold
ISBN: 0-14-016169-4 / 978-0-14-016169-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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March 1987 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Happy Foreigner (VMC)
Author(s): Enid Bagnold
ISBN: 0-86068-807-0 / 978-0-86068-807-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
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Audio Editions

December 2009 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Happy Foreigner
Author(s): Enid Bagnold
Publisher: Audible Studios
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December 2009 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Happy Foreigner
Author(s): Enid Bagnold
Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

April 2010 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Happy Foreigner (Vox Humana Classics)
Author(s): Enid Bagnold
Publisher: Vox Humana Books
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