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Constance Briscoe

Constance Briscoe practises as a barrister and, in 1996, became a part-time judge - one of the first black women to sit as a judge in the UK.

She lives in Clapham with her two children, Martin and Francesca. 

Ugly spent twenty weeks on the Sunday Times hardback bestseller list and has sold nearly a million copies.

In 2006, Constance was nominated for Woman of the Year and received the GG2 Leadership and Diversity Award for Achievement through Adversity.

 

The Accused

Two girls. Both ex-cons and former working girls. One accused of murder

She was found at the crime scene in a pool of someone elses blood with the murder weapon still in her hand and no memory of how she got there. No wonder that the police believe Elizabeth Johnson isguilty of the so-called Sacred Heart Murder - a young woman viciously stabbed to death in a South London church.

Only Elizabeths best-friend, Sam Bailey, is determined to stand by her. But like Sam, Elizabeth is an ex-con and a former prostitute. No one will believe that she was in the wrong place at the wrong time. After all with a past like hers, she has to be guilty of something

Territory Publisher/Agent
World Darley Anderson Agency
UK & Commonwealth Ebury

Beyond Ugly

SEQUEL TO THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER

It was Constance's mother who told her she was ugly. Over and over again. And that was just one strand of a childhood blighted by physical and emotional abuse. But the young girl had a strength and resilience beyond her years. She put herself through university, financing her studies with several jobs -- including one caring for the terminally ill in a hospice -- and then fulfilled a lifelong ambition by joining a prestigious set of legal chambers. But Constance's troubles were not over !

Territory Publisher/Agent
World Darley Anderson Agency
UK & Commonwealth Hodder & Stoughton
India Mehta Publishing
The Netherlands Unieboek
Poland Bellona
Sweden Damm
Taiwan Duckbooks

Ugly

**THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER**

*** THE TRUE STORY OF ONE GIRL'S STRUGGLE TO SURVIVE A CHILDHOOD OF CALCULATED CRUELTY***


"A shocking, disturbing yet inspiring story" Daily Mail

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.

'If ever there was a book that celebrated the human spirit this is it.' Glamour

Territory Publisher/Agent
World Darley Anderson Agency
UK & Commonwealth Pan Macmillan
Brazil Bertrand Brasil
China 21st Century Publishing
Denmark Aschehoug Dansk
France Presses de la Cite
Germany DTV
India Mehta Publishing
Indonesia Matahati
Italy Casa Editrice Il Corbaccio
Japan Sony Magazines
Korea Open House Publishers
The Netherlands Unieboek
Norway Versal
Poland Bellona
Portugal Pedra da Lua
Sweden Damm
Taiwan Duckbooks

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