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Hodder & Stoughton, 2006 - Abandoned children - 433 pages
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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.

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User Review  - Dallas - Goodreads

This fascinated me as much as The Glass Castle. It's a triumph, both in story telling and how an abused child can control her life! Read full review

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User Review  - Kiri - Goodreads

Phenomenal. Heartbreaking. Infuriating. Humbling. Inspiring. Read full review

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About the author (2006)

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. Her partner is Tony Arlidge QC.

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