First time novelist nurse pitted against literary big hitters as she"s shortlisted for Costa

Nurse takes on literary heavyweights as first novel she wrote on maternity leave is shortlisted for prestigious prize

Christie Watson has found herself pitted against literary heavyweights after being shortlisted for a Costa prize The jacket of Christie Watson

Christie Watson has found herself pitted against literary heavyweights after being shortlisted for a Costa prize for her first novel, Tiny Sunbirds Far Away which she wrote while on maternity leave

Julian Barnes has been nominated for a Costa in the novel category for his Booker prize-winning work Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy has been nominated in the Costa poetry category

Julian Barnes has been nominated for a Costa in the novel category for his Booker prize-winning work “The Sense of an Ending”, while Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy has been nominated in the poetry category