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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