tv Meet the Author BBC News August 5, 2017 11:45pm-12:01am BST
where evening it has been. this is where you will prevent me from advertising the independent. there is no need to do that because you failed to provide a photograph. we will stick with the telegraph which has the picture. i don't like to be snippy with you, but. .. justin picture. i don't like to be snippy with you, but... justin gatlin being hugged by usain bolt. you say only came third! third is amazing. the sunday times have a picture of usain bolt. the independent will have it ona bolt. the independent will have it on a website now if you go and look, iam sure. on a website now if you go and look, i am sure. daniel condan on twitter asked how did a two times drug cheat, justin gatlin, get the chance to compete? those are the rules, aren't they? he served his time. he has been booed every time. people
are not happy to see him there. those are the rules. having used drugs against the laws in the past, has it given him a permanent advantage? i know the authorities are doing what they are meant to. if he is allowed to compete then he should be allowed to, it is rude to boo and he should be allowed to compete. i think the implication is it isn't permanent, these performance enhancing drugs i'm sure wear off. let's reflect on usain bolt, what a superhuman he has been. he is very tall, six foot five. and very wide at the shoulder. complaining about the blocks but when you are that tall, it is quite
difficult to get cracking. i think it was greg jennett, the historian, said on twitter tonight, if it was the 107 metres then he would have beaten everyone. —— greg jenner. it ta kes beaten everyone. —— greg jenner. it takes him a few strides to get cracking. it is wise to retire now because he is probably past his best. at least he got a medal. he has been a terrific athlete. what a treat it has been to watch him. yes. that's it for tonight. thank you to john and ruth. look how you look on the tv! we are too busy looking at you! that's lovely! coming up next is meet the author. victoria hislop has been having a long love affair with greece and her bestselling novels have led her army of readers from island to island and into
the greek experience. in ca rtes postales, she takes a new step. you see the pictures, from the mysterious postcards that begin to arrive one by one for ellie from she knows not by whom at the start. and it is the story of a journey of discovery to greece and its past, its culture, its whole history that unravels the secrets of the cards. welcome. this is a novel about postcards, or at least it begins with the arrival of postcards. and we actually see them on the page! now, what made you decide to do that? i wanted to give my readers real, live images of greece. when i'm researching i always take
a lot of photographs myself, so when i'm back in england writing i'm surrounded by them. you put them on your wall? desk? put them on the wall! i print them out in a very old fashioned way. you're in greece? i am in greece! i thought why can't i share images of greece with the people who read my books. why not? the idea for the story... did it come from this notion you wanted to show pictures? yes. in other words it was that way round, rather than the other? absolutely. it was the starting point. and then the idea of postcards as a linking thing, thejourney of this poor broken—hearted man around the country... sending these postcards back, that sort of grew organically out of it. in effect it is a mystery story in part, it's also a story about loss and inability to manage emotions i suppose. you talk about this man, wandering in a sense aimlessly? he is. and very few people ever
have the opportunity to go on this aimless... in a sense it's aimless but he needs to recover himself. in that case, why is he so interesting to us? why do we care about him? i'm glad you do! if you didn't you wouldn't finish the book! for me i wanted to write about a man experiencing these emotions, because i think a lot of books i read written by women tend more to explore the woman who's been dumped and y'know. .. how she survives that. and i think certainly my hope is that as he moves through the months of this journey, we see a change in him. i suppose that's the cliche of writing a novel. it's a journey revealed to us very slowly. yes.
it's an emotionaljourney, realjourney, and the girl receiving the postcards he's sending, she begins to follow behind him. piece things together. from a great distance. yes. always an alluring thing. i'm writing about greece and i always if i put this man in, let's say, harrogate town centre to start this journey to recover his sense of worth... whether he eventually would. maybe i should do it! but greece, to me... the landscape that you find in greece, the people that meet and befriend you, there's always something to be felt and be learned. there have been many novels over the years, going back to lawrence durrell and famous captain corelli and so on. it's happened before.
but there is something that draws people in to the history and the culture and customs of greece? yes. and actually for me, the 20th century history of greece is so fascinating, complex and full of drama. it provides me with endless ideas. the book i've just started to write. and tragedy, of course. much tragedy. every ten or 15 years in greece there's something fairly spectacular that happens, whether it's occupation, civil war or an earthquake. economic collapse. last but not least! and all of these things have a huge effect on the human history of a place. how a family manages to survive all these catastrophic things that take place there. yes. it is a story about resilience, in a way? it is. the greeks do survive.
right now, you think how do people really manage on 400, 500 euros a month? what's your answer to that? one of the big factors is the importance of the family. you're very rarely living 1,000km away from your grandma, aunts. the old networks are still there? absolutely. and the sadness about what's happening now in the 21st century is that so many young people are moving out of greece to find work, find a life. so i hope that they will go back eventually, and most of the young people who i meet, who are greek, at university, or have careers here, actually dream about going back to greece, that everything will get better. it's a great tribute in a way to the power of the place? i think so. it still offers so much that doesn't actually get damaged by the economy. what's it given you over the years?
great question. more or less all my inspiration. i can't really step off the plane before i'm thinking of an idea for a story. so very much inspiration. and why do you think that is? is it the richness of the... the texture of the place? i think, yes. this vein of history i feel that i've never really explored, even in my own country. i think i know more about the history of greece in the 20th century than britain. and the pictures are yours? they're taken by a photographer who i travelled with. taken on your own travels? simultaneously with the travels. a very exciting way to work. most were images, sites, totally unexpected. for example, there's a ritual that happens every year on the 6th
of january, a race to find a cross that's been thrown into the sea by a priest. and the day that happened, i knew nothing about it. so we travelled to somewhere on the west coast of greece and that morning the bells were chiming from 6am till 10. so i went down into the town to explore, saw the waterfront and people gathered... the very first week of january, about 30 young men in their speedos, quite a cold day! what is this! ? then learned all about this tradition, swimming out for the cross on the day of the epiphany. so all those photos were unexpected, the story was unexpected, the mystery i imagined was not something i'd planned. but when it came along it
seemed perfectly natural? absolutely. all the stories, more or less, i wrote the beginnings of them in the car as we travelled from one place to another. it just came? very much so. a source of inspiration, to travel! which is how a story should come about! victoria hislop, author of cartes postales, thank you very much. thank you. hello there. a very turbulent weather day for the first part of this weekend. we had the downpours with the hail and the fun and, some stunning weather watcher pictures we re stunning weather watcher pictures were sent in of course, but it was quite cool certainly in comparison with the dangerous heatwave we've
seen across with the dangerous heatwave we've seen across europe with the dangerous heatwave we've seen across europe which has shifted further east of today across the balkans and that will continue but again low 40s quite widely, 41! in court over in spain and it will be hot again through sunday, only slows the evening —— slowly easing sunday onwards. back home a ridge of high pressure is saying the showers will diminish as we continue through the night and diminish as we continue through the nightand in diminish as we continue through the night and in contrast with europe it will be chilly here, temperatures 11 01’ will be chilly here, temperatures 11 or 12 will be chilly here, temperatures 11 or12 in the will be chilly here, temperatures 11 or 12 in the towns and cities but single figures widely in the countryside and at two degrees in the glens of scotland, that is cold enough for some ground—frost very early in the season, a very unusual thing. a ridge of high pressure which we would like to last through the day and it may well last in eastern areas tomorrow but with low pressure, attendant weather fronts s0 pressure, attendant weather fronts so it won't be for all. with rain coming in smartly in the morning in northern ireland crossing quickly on the brisk south—westerly wind into western scotland and into western fringes of england and wales in the afternoon but that leaves a good
deal of dry weather elsewhere and by the afternoon in northern ireland it should be drier as well with the odd shower but not particularly warm at 16. not too many showers for the north—east of scotland and northern isles or north—eastern parts of england but more cloud come the afternoon and across wales, but east wales and south—west england, an increase in cloud for the most part and a lot of dry weather. hopefully elsewhere staying mostly dry and fairly warm despite the breeze. that breeze will try to push the rain further south through the evening and overnight but it stagnates in central areas so not as cold tomorrow night but still some brightness around in southern and the eastern areas bursting with an increase in cloud. in the north a day of sunny spells with a few showers but if you're stuck under this weather front on monday, very dreary, cloud and outbreaks of rain and only 17 despite the winds easing but they only do so temporarily because we have some nasty weather to come later on monday and into
tuesday. this low pressure winds itself up with heavy, thundery rain will consume, and as that pulls into the north sea we get a northerly wind coming down. what season are we in? remind me because it might be that west is best by the middle part of next week but for most they will be windy, cool weather with heavy rain and showers. we'll keep you posted on the detail. this is bbc news. our top stories: the un votes unanimously in favour of tough, new sanctions against north korea after last month's long—range missile tests. this resolution is the single largest economic sanction package ever levelled against the north korean regime. venezuela's chief prosecutor is fired by the new constituent assembly. she says it wants to stop her investigating corruption. police in italy say a british model was drugged and kidnapped in milan to be sold in an on line auction.