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  • 'I handed my school photograph to my mother. She stared from the photograph to me. "Lord, sweet Lord, how come she so ugly. Ugly. Ugly.'These cruel words are just the beginning. Constance's mother systematically abused her daughter, both physically and emotionally, throughout her childhood. Regularly beaten and starved, the child was so desperate she took herself off to Social Services and tried to get taken into care. 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 heartbreaking - and ultimately triumphant story.

  • From the Number One Bestselling author of Ugly: Despite her mother's constant physical and psychological abuse, Constance Briscoe has gained a place at Newcastle University to study law - a long-held ambition. She finances her studies by several jobs at weekends and during the holidays, including working with the terminally ill in a hospice. She also finds the money to pay for several cosmetic surgery treatments in an attempt to transform the face that her mother has convinced her is ugly, ugly, ugly. With the degree achieved, Constance takes up Michael Mansfield's invitation to become a pupil in his prestigious chambers. But she didn't find the support and encouragement she expected.

  • Londres, milieu des années 1960. Depuis son plus jeune âge, Constance Briscoe est persécutée par sa mère. Son enfance n´est qu´une interminable succession de coups et d´humiliations. Les instruments de torture se multiplient : boucle de ceinture, planche en bois, couteau... Quant au harcèlement moral, il ne connaît aucune limite, les brimades s´enchaînent, que ce soit en privé ou en public.Lorsque Constance a treize ans, sa mère abandonne le foyer, la laissant sans ressource et exigeant d´elle un loyer. L´adolescente, qui travaille déjà le samedi, doit alors effectuer des ménages le matin avant d´aller au collège. Epuisée, elle n´en continue pas moins àétudier avec acharnement. Car elle a un rêve : devenir avocate, un idéal difficile à atteindre à cette époque pour une jeune Noire issue d´un milieu défavorisé. Mais grâce à son incroyable résilience, et avec l´aide de quelques personnes bienveillantes, Constance parviendra à réaliser son rêve.