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Meet the author: Maggie O'Farrell and her novel on 1950s Soho

12 January 2011 Last updated at 23:23 GMT

As part of his series meeting the short-listed authors for the Costa Book of the Year award, the BBC's Nick Higham has spoken to Maggie O'Farrell, winner of the Costa Best Novel Prize of 2010.

Her book, ''The hand that first held mine'', recreates the Soho area of London in the 1950s.