Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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Acknowledgements

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pp. vii-vii

This study engaged me over a number of years, and I am indebted to many people for their help in bringing it to completion. My thanks are due, first and foremost, to . . .

Abbreviations

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pp. viii-viii

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Introduction

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pp. 1-9

Olivia Manning’s reputation as a difficult personality often threatens to obscure her reputation as a writer. Few twentiethcentury novelists . . .

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Chapter One - A life in writing

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pp. 11-46

Olivia Manning belonged to a British literary generation which held tenaciously to its diverse Irish connections in the wartime years, but, as . . .

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Chapter Two - The Balkan Trilogy: Romania and the far end of Europe

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pp. 47-78

At the first mention of going to Roumania, a great many persons, as did myself, would take down their atlas and open the map’, wrote . . .

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Chapter Three - From Athens to Alexandria: The contexts of Personal Landscape

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pp. 79-109

All through this beautiful summer’, wrote Manning to her fellow novelist Jocelyn Brooke in September 1964, ‘I have been closeted in my . . .

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Chapter Four - Egypt, the desert war and the Levant Trilogy

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pp. 111-142

The three novels first published together in 1982 as the Levant Trilogy are among the most vivid fictional representations of wartime . . .

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Chapter Five - 'John Bull’s Other Ireland’: Manning’s Palestine fiction

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pp. 143-172

This recollection of Olivia Manning from one of her contemporaries in wartime Palestine provides a telling example of how . . .

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Conclusion - The Rain Forest

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pp. 173-182

In 1945 Olivia Manning and her husband returned from Palestine to an England much changed since their hasty pre-war departure. For their generation, and . . .

Notes and References

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pp. 183-218

Bibliography

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pp. 219-229

Index

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pp. 231-234