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The Little Book of Prison: A Beginners Guide Paperback – 20 Feb 2012
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'Our awards judges don't give a Platinum Award lightly, and this book is a winner on more than one level. It is a practical and totally frank introduction to real life in the British prison system - probably the best introduction there is. But it is also a wonderfully human narrative and a sharply argued critique - the wit and wisdom of one inmate who turns out to be a born writer. I was gripped from start to finish - roared with laughter one minute, winced with pain the next, and was left wondering why we have prisons at all': Tim Robertson, Chief Executive, The Koestler Trust. 'A fun, easy to read little guide to the bits of prison life they never tell you about at induction': Inside Time. 'Funny and educational, in a tongue in cheek kind of way, and has a much wider appeal than you might think': thebookbag.co.uk. As featured in the Guardian, The Huffington Post, the RSA, BBC Radio, Sabotage Times and leading prison newspaper Inside Time.
About the Author
Frankie Owens was prisoner A1443CA at Her Majesty's pleasure until 2 August 2011. If he had been given the information gathered in LBP, he thinks that the first weeks inside would have been better and the learning curve not as steep.
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Packed full of do's, don'ts and how to's, it's an indispensible reference book for anyone unfortunate enough to be part of the process, as well as providing a source of comfort and reassurance to family and friends having some sense of knowing what a loved one is experiencing.
I would highly recommend this book.
It was not at all what I expected, although the book does not shy away from the grim reality of prison life it is written with such humour, wit and positivity that it makes the family understand what their loved ones will face without frightening the living daylights out of them. The advice given in the book is a valuable insight that my friends son needed, not only did it help him know what to expect (especially with the canteen list, trainers, phone credit in particular as he has 2 children etc) it helped us and the family understand what he would go through, how he would feel, but most of all for me having gained this insight we and the family could see how we could help him through it and help ourselves as believe me if you do get sent down, you might not realise but the family do the time too and its not easy seeing your loved ones do a stretch.
I don't usually do this review thing, but we had a family BBQ today and the Little book of Prison came up in conversation so I feel compelled to pass on my view as the book was a true god send to my friend,his family and his son, who just for the record is released now, back with his family, working, new baby on the way and will never go back there. I want to thank the author for writing this book and I hope other families read it too as it will help them as it had us during a very difficult time.
The content is insightful and helps the reader to appreciate what life in prison is truly like. The book describes a variety of situations that occurred while Frankie was incarcerated, yet the writing does not have a bitter undertone. It is easy to see how The Little Book of Prison is comforting to those who may be facing prison time or family who are concerned for those already in prison - the book gives the reader a realistic idea of what to expect and how to cope with it, based on first-hand experience. What could be better than that?
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Well written, funny and really honest.