RAINHILL author Frank Cotterell Boyce has been shortlisted for the prestigious Costa Book prize.
The writer is up against three others for the children’s book award title in the 2011 Costa Awards for his story The Unforgotten Coat.
Judges said: “This book demands to be picked up not only because it tackles a contemporary issue in a humane and engaging way, but also because it’s so splendidly produced.”
Frank said: “It’s amazing, this was a local project, it was written for Liverpool and it’s not like it had a big company pushing it. This was the last thing I expected.”
The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony in London on January 24.
It was revealed earlier this year that Frank, who made his name as a TV and film scriptwriter, had been chosen to update Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.