Olivia Manning

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Olivia Manning, 1911–80, English novelist, b. Portsmouth, Hampshire. During World War II she served as a journalist in the Middle East. She is best known for her "Balkan trilogy" : The Great Fortune (1960), The Spoilt City (1962), and Friends and Heroes (1966). These novels concern a British diplomat and his wife in Eastern Europe during World War II, and they brilliantly juxtapose historical and personal events.

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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.