enid bagnold books | Download ePub PDF Online

National Velvet

National Velvet Description:

A butcher s daughter in a small Sussex town ends her nightly prayers with Oh God give me horses give me horses Let me be the best rider in England The answer to year old Velvet Brown s plea materializes in the form of an unwanted piebald raffled off in a village lottery who turns out to be adept at jumping fences exactly the sort of horse that could win the world s most famous steeplechase the Grand National br Richly atmospheric of rural life in England between the World Wars i National Velvet i has enchanted generations of readers since its debut The heroine s grit and determination backed by the support of her eccentric and loving family offer an inspiring example of the struggles and rewards of following a dream br br br The book is one that horse lovers of every age cannot fail to enjoy The New York Times br br Humorous charming i National Velvet i is a little masterpiece Time br br Put on your not to be missed list The New Yorker

Rating: 3.72 out of 5

The Chalk Garden

The Chalk Garden Description:

em The Chalk Garden em tells the story of Mrs St Maugham and her granddaughter Laurel a disturbed child under the care of Miss Madrigal a governess The setting of the play was inspired by Bagnold s own garden at North End House in Rottingdean near Brighton Sussex the former home of Sir Edward Burne Jones The work has since been revived numerous times internationally including a film adaptation in

Rating: 3.80 out of 5

The Squire

The Squire Description:

No description available

Rating: 3.31 out of 5

A Diary Without Dates

A Diary Without Dates Description:

Publisher W Heinemann Publication date Subjects World War Biography

Rating: 3.57 out of 5

The Loved and Envied

The Loved and Envied Description:

The scene of most of this novel is France and the milieu is aristocratic yet the chief characters are Scottish or American Lady Maclean wife of Sir Gynt is the heroine She had been and still is a great beauty A the Chateau of Little Pouilly she holds her court The courtiers are mostly ageing members of the French nobility Some are in love with her all are her admirers Women admire her too She has wit and charm as well as beauty The secret of her spell is not divulged to the reader Indeed the spell itself has to be taken on trust though its potency its effect can be observed br br But beauty vanishes youth passes however rare rare it be This is a story of the evanescence of youth and beauty a story of growing old gracefully and contentedly if possible seeing love survive or wither away It is a story especially of a mother and daughter each wanting to be loved by the other each aware that their relationship lacked the one thing to make it perfect br br No novel of recent years has penetrated so deeply into the mysteries of human love in all its manifestations or dwelt so wisely and beautifully on the theme of encroaching age br br flyleaf quoting Daniel George in the BROADSHEET

Rating: 3.65 out of 5

The Happy Foreigner

The Happy Foreigner Description:

Fictional account of the author s experiences working as a volunteer driver in France during the First World War Contrasts the duties and demands of the heroine s external life with the freedom and excitement of her internal life during a whirl wind romance with a French officer

Rating: 3.76 out of 5

Autobiography

Autobiography Description:

No description available

Rating: 3.36 out of 5

Serena Blandish or the difficulty of getting married

Serena Blandish or the difficulty of getting married Description:

First published in under the pseudonym of A Lady of Quality this second book by the author of the better known National Velvet outlines the difficulties faced by a poor candid young girl of great beauty who has no money no savoir faire and no self confidence The solution at which she finally arrives would hardly horrify a modern reader and part of the interest of the outdated plot lies in the change in social attitudes in the eighty years or so since it was written

Rating: 3.63 out of 5

Alice and Thomas and Jane

Alice and Thomas and Jane Description:

No description available

Rating: 3.66 out of 5

A matter of gravity: A comedy in three acts

A matter of gravity: A comedy in three acts Description:

Katharine Hepburn returned triumphantly to Broadway as Mrs Basil a rich old lady living in a decaying English country house She has a lesbian alcoholic cook who levitates and a grandson who is down from Oxford with a group that includes a left wing lesbian and her bi racial girlfriend The grandson proposes to the girlfriend and she accepts because she covets the estate Years later they return and Mrs Basil gives them her house and joins the cook in a nearby asylum

Rating: 3.34 out of 5