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A BOOK written by a father-of-three while he was in jail has been shortlisted for a second major literary prize.

Frankie Owens, from Hayling Island, was at his lowest ebb and in prison when he wrote The Little Book of Prison: A Beginner’s Guide.

For years he had been suffering from undiagnosed bipolar disorder and his life went off the rails.

But he is back on track and his work – which is used by prison governors, probation officers and young offenders – won the Koestler Platinum Award for non-fiction.

After several rounds of voting the book has made it onto the shortlist of The People’s Book Prize.

Voting has now opened and votes can be cast until May 28.

The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony, in London, on May 29.

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