Ugly, Paperback
5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Constance's mother systematically abused her daughter, both physically and emotionally, throughout her childhood.

Regularly beaten and starved, the girl was so desperate she took herself off to Social Services and tried to get taken into care.

When that failed, she swallowed bleach 'because it kills all known germs and my mother always told me I was a germ'.

When Constance was thirteen, her mother simply moved out, leaving her daughter to fend for herself: there was no gas, no electricity and no food.

But somehow Constance found the courage to survive her terrible start in life.

This is her heartrending - and ultimately triumphant - story, now with fourteen extra chapters detailing the trial.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Memoirs
  • ISBN: 9780340994658



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Ugly is a jaw grinding novel. It takes you into the moment of the scenes...It is a very detailed novel which makes it easy to visualize what’s going on. This book is a very well written book on the devastating childhood of a girl 'Constance Briscoe'

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Ugly by Constance Briscoe is a very chilling true story of child abuse that will thug at the very core of your being and make you stop and ask yourself just how many children are out there going through life with unknown scars like Constance did.Beaten, abused and scared on a almost daily basis by her Jamiacan born mother, Constance went personally to a childrne home, asking to be admitted just to get away from the daily abuse, but they refuse to accept her.She was forced to bare the brunt of the sad abuse metted out to her by her own mother, even in her teenage years, but persevere and kept her focused on ehr dream to be a barrister and succeeded against all the odds.This is a book truly worth reading.

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