Meet the Author: Matthew Hollis
20 January 2012 Last updated at 01:03 GMT
In a series of special Meet the Author's running each night this week, Nick Higham meets the winners of this year's Costa Book Awards.
One of the five winners of awards for fiction, first novel, biography, poetry and children's book will be named overall Costa Book of the Year on the evening of the 24th January.
Thursday's interview is with Matthew Hollis on his book Now All Roads Lead to France.