By (author) Frances Osborne
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Lilla's Feast by Frances Osborne
Book DescriptionThe tale of Lilla, the author's great-grandmother, begins with her birth in Chefoo in China in 1882, where she lived a charmed and Bohemian expat life, the younger of a set of 'heavenly twins' from a spirited, unvictorian family. Lilla's eventful life was to span five continents and three husbands, forming a panoramic picture of British colonial life in the Orient (during the Boxer Rebellion, Pearl Harbour, and the rise of Communism) and under the British Raj in India. Throughout her life, Lilla's personal obsession was cooking. It was also her way of showing devotion to her cold and remote husband. Food was her wonderland and her means of survival, her way to help make 'a man love you, long for you, and hold back tears when he is forced to leave your side'. It was while Lilla was in a Japanese prison camp that she began to dream up recipes and jot them down like a modern Mrs Beeton. Her brother, a talented illustrator, provided drawings. Empowered by imagination and strength of spirit, her cookbook was composed as if the war had never happened. Lilla's journey ends a hundred years on with her death in Tunbridge Wells - the peaceful conclusion to a sensuous, full life of passion, r
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781856869423
(140mm x 107mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Random House Audiobooks
Publish Date: 2-Sep-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Frances Osborne
Park Lane, Paperback (May 2013)
A gripping and intense novel about love and war, set upstairs and downstairs among the suffragettes and the front line in France, from the bestselling author of The Bolter.
Bolter, Paperback (December 2008)
* 'This is a truly astonishing book. Frances Osborne has not just brought to life a dizzyingly rich and scandalous slice of social history, she has produced a tragic and deeply moving tale as well. It is far more gripping than any novel I have read for years' Antony Beevor
Lilla's Feast, Paperback (October 2005)» View all books by Frances Osborne
Lilla Eckford, interned in a Japanese civilian camp in China during the second world war after an extraordinary early life, passed her time by compiling a book about the joys of food. This cookery book blends together personal history, world events, period atmosphere and family anecdotes into a poignant story.
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Author Biography - Frances Osborne
Frances Osborne studied Law at Oxford and trained as a barrister and journalist. She is in her early thirties and has two young children.
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