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Manning, Olivia (1912–80) English novelist. Manning's debut novel was The Wind Changes (1937). Her attention to characterization and historical detail is best represented by the popular Balkan Trilogy: The Great Fortune (1960), The Spoilt City (1962), and Friends and Heroes (1965). Its sequel was the Levant Trilogy (1977–78): Danger Tree, Battle Lost and Won, and Sum of Things.
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