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Lilla's Feast: A Story of Love, War and a Passion for Food Hardcover – 1 Sep 2004
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'A rapturous fusion of personal history and tales of Empire and the Far East.' -- You Magazine
'A smooth-flowing and enthralling testament.' -- Glamour, Must-Read selection
'A wonderful, inspiring book, part page-turner, part history...Frances Osborne perfectly captures the stories of a lost generation of women.' -- Amanda Foreman
'A wonderfully evocative, vivid, distilled book.' -- Tatler
'Osborne tells the story of her great-granny's life with page-turning brio.' -- Sunday Telegraph
'Passionately written and compelling...a wonderful read. The extraordinary life of this ordinary woman is a tumultuous feast of the senses.' -- Santa Montefiore
'Powerfully imagined...Her years in the Far East seem to cling to these pages, infusing the narrative with exoticism.' -- The Times
Sensual family memoir of a modern woman in the last 100 years, spanning three continents and three husbands. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
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.
You will also learn a great deal about the history of China and the India from one who experienced it.
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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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Frances Osbourne's great grandmother was born , lived and loved in China during the 1900's . First of all in a treaty port , then in India as a British army wife before returning... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Mrs. E. A. Chandler
History brought to life. I had nothing to read so started this book to pass a few minutes. I was hooked until and including the last page.Published 17 months ago by stephen simpson
An interesting and enjoyable read welland extensively research dPublished 20 months ago by lisbethnad
Thank you. Excellent service and will be purchasing more books.Published 21 months ago by Barbara C.
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I found this book fascinating the highs and lows of life living in the empire days . Pick yourself up and start all over again was a real insight I never thought it was like this ,... Read morePublished on 29 Mar. 2015 by Amazon Customer