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Set under the gathering storm that is the Second World War in Romania, "The Great Fortune" is the first action-packed, romantic and fascinating book of "The Balkan Trilogy". Guy and Harriet Pringle marry after a six month courtship. Still getting to know each other, they arrive in Bucharest, where Guy is employed in the English Department of the University of Bucharest. Over the following years Guy builds an eclectic network of friends and acquaintances. These charismatic contacts include his work colleague Clarence, his boss Lord Inchcape, the eccentric Prince Yakimov and Sophie, a local Romanian beauty. Harriet appears tough, but is also vulnerable and lonely, nuances that Guy often misses as he plunges wholeheartedly into one project after another. Reader, Emilia Fox is a versatile and charismatic actress who has enjoyed popular stage and screen success both in the UK and in the USA.
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Olivia Manning (1908-1980) was a British novelist, poet, writer and reviewer, with a particular interest in themes of personal alienation and displacement.From AudioFile:
This first volume of The Balkan Trilogy follows the events in Rumania just before and during World War II through the eyes of Harriet Pringle. A newcomer to Bucharest, and just married to an Englishman teaching at the University, she is in a position to meet and observe people from all walks of life in this strange new world. The Great Fortune is competently and professionally read by Harriet Walter, with good pacing and expression. This is a workmanlike production, of interest mostly because of the setting in the Balkans. J.D.P. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description Hardback. Condition: Fair. A readable copy of the book which may include some defects such as highlighting and notes. Cover and pages may be creased and show discolouration. Seller Inventory # GOR009455708
Book Description William Heinemann Ltd, 1960. Hardcover. Condition: Used; Good. Fast Dispatch. Expedited UK Delivery Available. Excellent Customer Service. Dust jacket torn. Foxing to some pages. Seller Inventory # BBI3040595
Book Description William Heinemann Ltd, 1973. Condition: Fair. This is an ex-library book and may have the usual library/used-book markings inside.This book has hardback covers. In fair condition, suitable as a study copy. Re-bound by library. Seller Inventory # 4650302
Book Description Methuen, 1968. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. 1st Edition.... UK hardback first impression. Good overall with some odour to pages and previous owner bookplate to front pastedown, in Good jacket, unclipped with some surface rubbing. Language: eng Language: eng Language: eng Language: eng. Seller Inventory # ABE-1499726549867