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red card for out. it is a red card for effectively running. that is tom bosworth, a great british hope, in tea rs by bosworth, a great british hope, in tears by the side of the track. it happens to the best of them. it is so common happens to the best of them. it is so common and so difficult for the marshals to spot. his mistake was to get roared on by the crowd, watching for a free, and surge to the front. but he felt in doing that. updates through the evening. so much going on. the relays is where they could be british medals. thank you. i have just been watching robbie grabarz. he has failed 229 for the second time. he has one more attempt to make that to get into the next round. england won their second straight 10 try victory in the women's rugby world cup. the defending champions beat italy 56 points to 13 in dublin, as maz farooki reports. the shirt is the same but the line—up is very different. the only
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fully professional team at this world cup, a luxury to make ten changes to the team that overwhelmed spain on wednesday. stand—in skipper emily scarratt showed pace and power to give the world champions the lead. where she went others followed. italy, like their men, has strengthened. but when forced outside the defence cracked. england had four tries before half—time. there were still chinks in the armour. england missed eight kicks at goal. an area that needs work. but in this match, those lost points didn't matter. italy scored a couple of consolation tries but for the second successive match, england scored ten. another win, another 50 points scored. the defence of their world title on track. england is doing well but wales
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can't qualify for the semifinals after their second defeat in a row. this time 15—0 to canada. posts ireland made a dramatic comeback to keep alive their hopes of making it to the last four, againstjapan. keep alive their hopes of making it to the last four, against japan. the us pga golf is into its final day. kevin kisner tees off with a one shot lead as he looks to win his first major. he has been so consistent at quaill hollow. leading oi’ consistent at quaill hollow. leading or coal eating every round. if we ta ke or coal eating every round. if we take a look at the leaderboard, we can see that kevin kisner is seven under. a disappointing tournament for the big names like jason day and jordan spieth, as well as rory mcilroy. the best of the british at the moment, ian poulter, who is even for his round. italy's andrea dovizioso held off world champion marc marquez to win a thrilling austrian motogp. the two went into the last corner neck and neck,
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but dovizioso got the better of the spaniard going into the home straight. it's his third victory this year, and remains in second place in the world championship, trailing marquez by 16 points. that is it from sportsday. more sport on bbc news and —— at about quarter past eight. an update on the women's 5000 metres. for now, good night. felicia yap‘s cv reads like a character from a book. after a childhood spent in kuala lumpur, she's been a biochemist, a war historian, a catwalk model, and she won a half blue in competitive ballroom dancing at cambridge university. if that wasn't enough, she's now written her first novel, which was snapped up for a 6—figure
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sum, aftera bidding war. it's called yesterday and it's a murder mystery with a twist. it poses the intriguing question, how do you solve a crime when you can only remember yesterday? felicia yap, yesterday is set in a world where there are two types of people. there are monos, who can only remember yesterday, and there are duos, who can remember two days ago. where did this extraordinary idea come from? well, it all happened literally on the move. so i was on my way to a dance studio in cambridge when this question just arose to my mind. how do you solve a murder when you only remember yesterday? and that questionjust
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so intrigued me, when i got to the dance studio i couldn't stop thinking about it. my mind was full of all the possibilities, the rich possibilities, which were inherent to this speculative world. so we got to the studio, started practising our tango. my mind kept returning to the question, and you could say that i worked out the early contours of that story on the dance floor and that twists and turns were built into the fabric of the novel right from the start. i started writing the next day, literally, and 15 months later i had a thriller. good lord, well, we'll come back to some of the points you've just raised in a moment. butjust to explain to people what happens in this book. in the world you create, people's memories become full by the time they're 18 and this is down to a protein. i wondered at this point how much you were drawing on your background as a biochemist? quite a bit. so actually trying to work out the rationale for this novel and also how it could potentially
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function, ifound my previous training as a biochemist to be incredibly helpful, because i actually write a lot of research papers about memory, what proteins in our own world actually could have an impact on how we ourselves make memories, and from all these papers i was actually able to put together this hypothetical protein in this world which i've created, which is responsible for the storage of short—term memories. and in this world you've created, it's segregated by memory. it's nothing to do with wealth or education or religion, and monos are discriminated against by duos, and i wondered if you had anything else in mind when you were writing about that. well, i really wanted to explore this idea of memory, what difference does an extra day of memory make? so in my novel, the wife just remembers one day, just because she's a mono, and her husband is a duo, who remembers two days. and itjust so happens the murder in my story happens two days before, so the husband is privy to information, memories, facts, in his own head,
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which the wife does not have. so i thought it was an interesting way of going into the story, to create a sense of conflict, true characters and bringing that to the sense of society and the entire novel itself. which came first, the memory setting, or the idea of this murder? it was the concept which occurred to me first, but then i realised concepts are just broad canvases. they don't really mean very much. what really makes the story sing, what makes it resonate with readers, are characters which readers can identify with. so that's why i really wanted to make it real. what difference would this day make in the lives of real people. so in the case of mark and claire, the husband and wife in my story, that was what i was trying to look at. you tell the story from four different perspectives, from the point of view of the husband and the wife, mark and claire, also the victim, and the detective trying to solve the murder. had you got it all planned out in advance, or did it evolve organically?
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it actually did evolve organically. really? yes, i started with claire, then i went on to mark, then i thought it would be interesting maybe to write from the perspective of the villain, the woman he'd been sleeping with, the one who was murdered at the start of the novel, so i started in her voice, and then i realised that my story needed a narrative drive. something has to power the engine of the story. i thought maybe i should write from the perspective of the detective too. that was quite tricky, because i don't naturally think like a ao—year—old male detective. whereas the female parts tend to come more naturally. so i struggled a bit at first, writing the fourth voice, the detective, but because i worked so hard at it and really tried to get his voice right, he paradoxically became the easiest character for me to write. talking to you, there maybe some people who think this novel must be set in the future, but actually it's mainly set in 2015. why was that? i wanted it to be real, like very
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immediate story to all of us, so setting it in the present day seemed to make natural sense. also, the novel takes place over the course of one day and it makes sense to be drawing on things which are going on right now, immediate to us, so that's what i wanted to do when i was writing it. it's really a darkly skewed version of contemporary britain, the story, that's what's at its core. yeah, i was very intrigued by one particular line, where you say most novelists write to make sense of things that happen to them — and i wondered with this book what were you trying to make sense of. quite a few things and it goes back again to this idea of memory. what we ourselves choose to remember and what we ourselves choose to forget. that's a very relevant question to myself, because memories change over time. they mutate, they transform and studies suggest that 80% of what we remember isn't actually what happened. in my case, i think back to things that happened to me a long time ago, it gets tricky, this whole slippery nature of memory.
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we do question ourselves, whether our own memories of the past is true. that's what i wanted to explore in this novel. the second thing is our own capacity for self—delusion. what's fact, what's fake? really is memory a set of lies we choose to tell ourselves? you've done all these various differentjobs. i know you were also a flea market trader at one point. i wonder how all those different experiences have influenced you as a writer. it has all been incredibly useful, because i've realised that everything is relevant when you're writing a book. all the conversations you've listened to, eavesdropped on, the tiniest, smallest details, they‘ re all relevant when you are writing a novel because details make a novel sing. so to give you an example, from my catwalk modelling days i was trying to think back to some of my most vivid exciting memories of my modelling on runways, and trying to ask why were they the most exciting.
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that's when i realised that they were really vivid because they make me feel delight when the audience was clapping, cheering away, fear that i would fall flat, trip, land on my nose. 0rjust horror, shredding on a dress with my heel. so that's when i realised emotions help us decide what to remember, what to forget. things which really trigger something deep within our hearts, touch us to the core. that's why we remember them. so that proved really useful when i was writing this book, because people must rely on diaries to understand their past and that really helped me write each diary entry in yesterday, to infuse each line in the book with more emotion and movement. so as you said, this idea for the book suddenly came to you. had you always wanted to be a writer, or was itjust anotherjob on your very long list ofjobs that you were going to do, or wanted to do? i've always wanted to write and my dream to become a writer began with bedtime stories,
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which my dad used to tell me when i was growing up. when you read a lot as a child you begin to wish that you could tell the same delicious stories yourself, so there wasn't really a eureka moment when i thought i wanted to be a writer. it was more of an increasing conviction that i really wanted to tell a story which someone would potentially enjoy, respond to and remember. is this the path ahead for you now? 0h, absolutely. i would love... nothing would make me happier than to be a writer. right now, i'm writing a prequel to yesterday, which is called today. we look forward to hearing about it. felicia yap, thank you so much. thank you so much. good evening. i suspect it has been a sunday to suit everyone. a lot of dry and fine weather, pleasantly
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warm. hope you made the most of it. things are set to change tonight and into tomorrow. some cloud and rain arriving, some of it quite heavy in northern ireland and scotland. a cloudy night means a milder night. temps —— temperatures staying in double figures. the rain turning quite heavy as it pushes its way into the lake district and across scotland. lighter and patchy into wales and south—west england. it may stay dry during daylight in the south east. highest values of 22 23 degrees. cooler with showers. south east. highest values of 22 23 degrees. coolerwith showers. some of them heavy and thundery. it looks as if it will stay unsettled this week. lengthy sunny spells but be showers could be quite heavy indeed. it could turn fresher. guru this is bbc news. i'm martine croxall. the headlines at 8pm: president trump is accused of being too soft on the far—right, after violence at a rally in virginia left one person dead and many more injured.
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the white house hits back, saying the president's statement condemning the violence in charlottesville included all extremist groups, including the kkk and neo—nazis. here, the chancellor and the international trade secretary, say the government will seek a transition period to help businesses adjust after brexit. in nepal, the number of people killed in the floods and landslides caused by the torrential rain reaches 49. learner drivers will be allowed to have lessons on motorways for the first time from next year. in sport, britain's women's sprint relay team collect their silver medals in the london stadium. and fans for their approval
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