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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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Title: The Happy Foreigner
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May 2010 : USA Hardback
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November 2008 : USA Hardback

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August 2008 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Happy Foreigner (Large Print Edition)
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Title: The Happy Foreigner
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July 1987 : UK Paperback
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Title: Bagnold Enid : Happy Foreigner (Vmc)
Author(s): Enid Bagnold
ISBN: 0-14-016169-4 / 978-0-14-016169-4 (UK edition)
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March 1987 : UK Paperback
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Title: Happy Foreigner (VMC)
Author(s): Enid Bagnold
ISBN: 0-86068-807-0 / 978-0-86068-807-5 (UK edition)
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Title: The Happy Foreigner
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Title: The Happy Foreigner (Vox Humana Classics)
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