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Description - Lilla's Feast by Frances Osborne

Lilla Eckford was born in 1882 into a British colonial family in the small Chinese trading port of Chefoo. Her mother, Alice, was a lively woman with a love of cooking she passed on to her identical twin daughters. Lilla vied constantly with her sister, and seeing her fall in love with a naval captain during the Boxer Uprising, Lilla quickly copied her by marrying his best friend, a handsome army captain. When her new husband realized she was not wealthy his passion cooled, but Lilla won him back by transforming a fishing hut in Kashmir into a haven of homeliness. This talent that would play a vital role throughout her lifetime- when the Japanese invaded China, Lilla was interned in a civilian camp. She sustained herself through semi-starvation by composing a book of recipes and household hints that charmingly ignored the realities of war. his precious book, now in the possession of the Imperial War Museum, inspired Lilla s great-grand-daughter, Frances Osborne, to tell her story. The resulting book a joyous blend of personal history and world events, period atmosphere and family anecdote will make you laugh and cry.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780552771887
ISBN-10: 0552771880
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 127mm x 24mm)
Pages: 400
Imprint: Black Swan
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Frances Osborne

Frances Osborne worked as a barrister, a banker and then a journalist before becoming a full-time writer. She lives in London and Cheshire with her husband and two young children. his is her first book.

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