Ugly [Constance Briscoe] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. UGLY is the life story of Constance Briscoe. Starved, beaten and told she was an “ugly waste of space”, this is a heart-rending account of a mother’s cruelty from. 1 May Briscoe documented the disturbing allegations in an explosive curtly-titled memoir, Ugly. The book became a UK bestseller and thrust her into.

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I am at a loss to understand how a mother can treat just one of her children like this, and nobody intervenes! I can imagine that it is hard to write such memories down, but if somebody already decides to write a book about it, one should at least try to go a bit deeper.

On Monday, the trial, over Briscoe’s descriptions in Ugly of terrible child abuse, ended with victory for Constance. This is one story that needed no embellishments. Throughout her career she has polarised opinion, even according to her friend and barrister Linda Strudwick, who gave evidence on her behalf. But what I could not imagine was that sister after sister after sister after sister — and my brother — would also say in court that I was a fantasist.

To me, it did not detract from the story. Sorry, but if I were in her place I wouldn’t trust my mother anymore!! How did she know what went on during her suicide attempt if she was passed out for the most part?

The legal system reached the right conclusion, but for the wrong reasons — the process was flawed. Her mother What an amazing, courageous young girl who goes on to become an even more amazing, powerful and committed woman! Uugly really like this book for it shows how strong an abused child can be.

Ugly by Constance Briscoe

And what a witness. The mother was struggling with a house full of children and an errant husband who didn’t maintain them, yet the author fails to admonish him and his violence, reserving her hatred for the mother who remained and retaliated. I mean, did she think that at some point constanxe mother would listen to her?? Should be reclassified as fiction, and bad fiction at that.

Ugly author Constance Briscoe says that she will never forgive her mother for trying to destroy her

Jul 20, Jeannie briscke it did not like it Recommends it for: Neglected and abused children who have no one to turn to. Retrieved 10 October As a recorder and barrister, the CPS regarded her as “unimpeachable”. Maybe they can put a charge on the property, but I don’t want her on the streets. Throughout the trial, a group of 12 women sat in the gallery watching, she says. The first count alleged that she provided police with two inaccurate statements, and the second alleged that she produced a copy of her witness statement that had been altered.

Constance would receive the same doll and spinning top year after year.

What sort of people are they?? I agree with the people who said the book was repetetive. Ultimately Constance does survive and I can only bow humbly that she does so and bear cojstance shame that those around her should have felt in their complete negligence of her care as a child. It’s clear that the trial has completely demolished whatever affection Briscoe felt towards a number of her siblings, some of whom lined cobstance with her mother to deny that abuse took place.

Constance Briscoe: Her rise and fall – BBC News

Refresh and try again. Retrieved 9 October This united front might have caused the case to go against Briscoe. My partner and I had a plan to go to France.

I really liked that book. Books by Constance Briscoe.

Constance Briscoe: Her rise and fall

Regularly beaten and starved, the girl was so desperate she took herself off to Social Services and tried to get taken into care. Preview — Ugly by Constance Briscoe. I felt like I was exploring a broken life that was never really put back together.

She estimates the total bill of both sides’ costs at more than 1 million.

Indeed, she writes, when she confessed her suicidal thoughts to a priest, he rewarded her with a penance of four Hail Marys. How many children are suffering just as Constance did, briscoee the very people that are supposed to keep them safe and warm? But, in evidence at Pryce’s trial, which can only now be reported, the economist offered a very different picture.

Now Briscoe is the latest victim — her legal cohstance utterly destroyed. Published November 2nd by Hodder first published January 16th On 2 May she was jailed for 16 months. I still think she should have tried harder. Remembering that we are reading the accounts of a very young child’s memory. It was a powerful moving story which made me appreciate my life and my parents.