Ugly

Ugly

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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.
Publisher: London : Hodder & Stoughton, 2006.
ISBN: 9780340895993
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Branch Call Number: 362.76092
Characteristics: 310 p. ; 24 cm.

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wyn1776
Feb 23, 2015

One of the most disturbing aspects of this book was the culpability of Constance's siblings. Not only did they acquiesce to her abuse during childhood, they were prepared to give perjured evidence on behalf of her abuser during the trial which followed the publication of this book.
A recommended read on so many levels.

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Chrisicle
Mar 15, 2011

It's disturbing the abuse Constance was inflicted with and remarkable how she endured it to her own betterment. A recommended read for parents in particular.

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