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This article is about the British novelist. For the wife of American football quarterback Archie Manning and mother of Cooper, Peyton, and Eli Manning, see their respective articles.


Olivia Mary Manning, CBE (2 March 1908 — 23 July 1980), was a British novelist, poet, writer and reviewer. Her fiction and non-fiction, frequently detailing journeys and personal odysseys, were principally set in England, Ireland, Europe and the Middle East. She often wrote from her personal experience, though her books also demonstrate strengths in imaginative writing. Her books are widely admired for her artistic eye and vivid descriptions of place.

Manning's youth was divided between Portsmouth and Ireland, giving her what she described as "the usual Anglo-Irish sense of belonging nowhere". She attended art school, and moved to London, where her first serious novel, The Wind Changes, was published in 1937. In August 1939 she married R.D. Smith ("Reggie"), a British Council lecturer posted in Bucharest, Romania, and subsequently in Greece, Egypt and Palestine as the Nazis over-ran Eastern Europe. Her experiences formed the basis for her best known work, the six novels making up The Balkan Trilogy and The Levant Trilogy, known collectively as Fortunes of War. The overall quality of her output was considered uneven by critics, but this series, published between 1960 and 1980, was described by Anthony Burgess as "the finest fictional record of the war produced by a British writer".

Manning returned to London after the war and lived there until her death, writing poetry, short stories, novels, non-fiction, reviews, and drama for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). Both Manning and her husband had affairs, but they never contemplated divorce. Her relationships with writers such as Stevie Smith and Iris Murdoch were difficult, as an insecure Manning was jealous of their greater success. Her constant grumbling about all manner of subjects is reflected in her nickname, "Olivia Moaning", but Reggie never wavered in his role as his wife's principal supporter and encourager, confident that her talent would ultimately be recognised. As she had feared, real fame only came after her death in 1980, when an adaptation of Fortunes of War was televised in 1987.

Manning's books have received limited critical attention; as during her life, opinions are divided, particularly about her characterisation and portrayal of other cultures. Her works tend to minimize issues of gender, and are not easily classified as feminist literature. Nevertheless, recent scholarship has highlighted Manning's importance as a woman writer of war fiction and of the British Empire in decline. Her works are critical of war, racism, colonialism and imperialism, and examine themes of displacement and physical and emotional alienation.

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Total Books: 77
Fortunes of War The Levant Trilogy
2014 - Fortunes of War the Levant Trilogy [New York Review Books Classics] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781590177211
ISBN-10: 1590177215
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Fortunes of War The Great Fortune
2010 - Fortunes of War the Great Fortune [The Balkan Trilogy] (Audio CD)
ISBN-13: 9781934997543
ISBN-10: 1934997544
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The Fortunes of War The Balkan Trilogy
2009 - The Fortunes of War the Balkan Trilogy (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781590173312
ISBN-10: 1590173317
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 1.5/5 Stars.
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School for Love
2009 - School for Love [New York Review Books Classics] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9781590173039
ISBN-10: 1590173031
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Fortunes of War
2008 - Fortunes of War [Balkan Trilogy] (Audio CD)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9781906147204
ISBN-10: 1906147205
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The Levant Trilogy
2003 - The Levant Trilogy (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780753808184
ISBN-10: 0753808188
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Sum of Things
2002 - The Sum of Things (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780743246552
ISBN-10: 0743246551
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Battle Lost and Won
2002 - The Battle Lost and Won (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780743246569
ISBN-10: 074324656X
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Levant Trilogy Danger Tree Battle Lost and Won and Sum of Things
2001 - The Levant Trilogy Danger Tree Battle Lost and Won and Sum of Things [Penguin Modern Classics] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780141186450
ISBN-10: 0141186453
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Spoilt City
2000 - The Spoilt City [The Balkan Trilogy] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780099415695
ISBN-10: 0099415690
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Friends and Heroes
2000 - Friends and Heroes [The Balkan Trilogy] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780099415732
ISBN-10: 0099415739
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Balkan Trilogy
1992 - Balkan Trilogy (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780099427483
ISBN-10: 0099427486
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Romantic Hero
1992 - Romantic Hero (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780749311995
ISBN-10: 0749311991
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The Rain Forest
1991 - The Rain Forest (Paperback)Paperback, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780749305390
ISBN-10: 0749305398
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The Wind Changes
1991 - The Wind Changes [Virago Modern Classics] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780140162196
ISBN-10: 0140162194
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Balkan Trilogy The Great Fortune / The Spoilt City / Friends and Heroes
1988 - The Balkan Trilogy the Great Fortune / the Spoilt City / Friends and Heroes (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780140109962
ISBN-10: 014010996X
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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FORTUNES OF WAR VOLUME 2 lEVANT TRILOGY
1987 - Fortunes of War Volume 2 Levant Trilogy (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780140082951
ISBN-10: 0140082956
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Levant Trilogy  Danger Tree    Battle Lost and Won  and  Sum of Things
1987 - Levant Trilogy Danger Tree Battle Lost and Won and Sum of Things (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780297792536
ISBN-10: 0297792539
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Balkan Trilogy Great Fortune Spoilt City and Friends and Heroes
1987 - The Balkan Trilogy Great Fortune Spoilt City and Friends and Heroes (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780434449118
ISBN-10: 0434449113
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Weather in the Streets
1986 - The Weather in the Streets [Virago Omnibus] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780860687429
ISBN-10: 0860687422
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Remarkable Expedition Story of Stanley's Rescue of Emin Pasha from Equatorial Africa
1984 - The Doves of Venus [Virago modern classics] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
1971 - Play Room [New Windmills] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover