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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Black Swan; New Ed edition (16 Feb. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552771880
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552771887
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 245,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Frances Osborne (www.francesosborne.com) is the author of two biographies, Lilla's Feast, and The Bolter, which was an international bestseller and is now being developed into a mini-series. Her new book, a novel, Park Lane, is set in the same, Edwardian, period and is published in the UK and US in June 2012.

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"Passionately written and compelling, Frances Osborne's impressive debut is a wonderful read. The extraordinary life of this ordinary woman is a tumultuous feast of the senses" (Santa Montefiore)

"Lilla's Feast is a wonderful, inspiring book, part page-turner, part history of the British Empire in the Far East, Frances Osborne perfectly captures the stories of a lost generation of women" (Amanda Foreman)

"Osborne tells the story of her great-granny's life with page-turning brio" (Sunday Telegraph)

"A wonderfully evocative, vivid, distilled book" (Tatler)

"Powerfully imagined... Aromas of the spicy dishes Lilla learned to cook during her years in the Far East seem to cling to these pages, infusing the narrative with exoticism" (The Times)

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Sensual family memoir of a modern woman in the last 100 years, spanning three continents and three husbands.

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By "mimi_haeems" on 13 Jan. 2005
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this book is a wonderfully personal insight into the life of an ordinary lady over the past century. she, like all of us just living life, can experience so much by opening our eyes to the most simple things around us. Basic things we do to live can provide such joy if we chose it to - just as Lilla did. the joy of food and its creations took her through the most painful things that any human might be expected to live through. the author is the grandaughter of lilla and there are pictures of Lilla at all stages in her life in China, India and the UK at her 100th birthday. this book shows the integrity of her generation that i hope will prevail. such a beautiful book - history as it should be delivered - in a personal and honest way. this book has been an inpsiration to me - opened my eyes to the lives of the 'ordinary' people around me. thanks to the author for writing it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 19 April 2013
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This is an intruiging story of a lady who lived to be a centenarian and whose life was a rollercoaster between good and bad fortune, different continents and how she adapted to what fate threw at her - which resulted in a uniquely fought life and the writing of a remarkable book.

Osborne clearly has a talent for writing; she brings the sights and smells of China and India of many decades ago and in particular writes exquisitely about food. Where the book is weak is in its (understandable, as Osborne is a great-granddaughter, writing about family some of whom are still alive) sentimentality and tendency to depict people as either saints or sinners. There is some irrelevant and rather pompous mention of her father's career and her own wedding venue. She 'can see her [heroine] now' far too many times, or when she can't, speculates out loud which is distracting. But overall it is a riveting read about a remarkable life. I'm tempted to get Osborne's recent fiction as hopefully this will have all the good things about her writing, without the sentimentality drawbacks.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By casual reader on 18 April 2011
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This is a very readable book with a lot of varying interests. My only critism is that the writer makes a lot of assumtions about the characters feelings and thoughts based on limited childhood memories of one of the characters. The somewhat tenuous linking themes are food & recipes, but if you are looking for any, forget it!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. S. M. Beston on 20 April 2009
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An epic tale, all the more enjoyable because it is a true one!

You will also learn a great deal about the history of China and the India from one who experienced it.

Everyone will love this
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jackie on 30 Jan. 2015
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In many ways this is a fascinating read and the history behind the story has been meticulously researched. I became increasingly irritated, however, by the writer's use of non-sentences. A few would have been effective, but so many interrupted the flow of the narrative for me. In addition, like another reviewer, I didn't like the writer's frequent imaginative interpolations such as 'I can just imagine her ...' doing whatever. I should also have liked to read some more of the recipes since the title suggests that the cookery book is central to the whole biography. I'm glad I have read it, but won't really be recommending it to my friends.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jane E. Marsden on 17 April 2013
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I had wanted to read this book since I read a review in a magazine about 2 years ago. The impression I had was that there would be more details of the receipes that Lilla had made, but it was much more of a history book about Lilla's life and the world she lived in at the time. It was interesting and a good story- could imagine it made into a film - but not what I had expected and so I was a little disappointed. I was glad that I had bought it but glad that I didn't pay a higher price for it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elsie on 18 Feb. 2015
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A wonderful book that gives a well written insight into life, not only in China but in India and Britain too, for a whole century, during and between the two world wars. The attitudes towards marriage, children and the wonderful lost art of letter writing. More and more is being written about how strong women of this time were and this really comes over in the life of Lilla. I was inspired to go and see the cookery book in the Imperial War Museum and it was well worth the visit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Book worm on 9 Mar. 2015
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This was a Book Club selection and my heart fell when this book was chosen. How wrong could I have been.
This is a beautifully written story about Lilia and Ada twin girls. Predominantly it about Lillia's life from birth to death. What a fascinating story wonderfully researched and written. I am not going into detail about the story because I think it could spoil the story. A worthwhile read. Thank you to Frances Osborne for indeed what is a feast of a book.
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