• 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

  • 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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