As a child, Frances Osborne fell under the spell of her great-grandmother, whose life spanned a century and several continents. But it was only after Lilla Eckfordâs death that Frances learned of her struggles - and of how a love of cookery had helped her to survive years in a Japanese prison camp. This biography is fascinating. âOne of the most dazzling and inspiring non-fiction books this reader has read in years.â - USA Today.
" I loved LILLA'S FEAST - absolutely absorbing, both for its historical content and its personal details. I felt for Lilla, every step of the way ... a real feeling for place fills this book ... lovely." -Margaret Forster, author of "Lady's Maid, Daphne Du Maurier," and "Georgie Girl
"" 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. It is impossible to read this book without admiring the brave adventurers who risked everything, were tested almost beyond endurance, and yet remained proud and strong to the end." -Amanda Foreman, author of GEORGIANA
" 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 Monefiore
" LILLA'S FEAST is a captivating narrative of one resilient woman's one-hundred-year journey through the cultural changes and political turmoil of the late nineteenth and most of the twentieth centuries. Her collection of exotic recipes were her souvenirs from the many outposts of the British Empire that she called home and became her connection to reality when her freedom was taken away."
- JOANNE LAMB HAYES, author of "Grandma's Wartime Kitchen"
and "Grandma's Wartime Baking Book
"From the Hardcover edition."