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.

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But for Constance, the mirror confirms what her mother and Eastman, her vicious step father, had said throughout her childhood. That she's ugly, ugly, ugly, utterly ugly! It takes more than bravely to deal the life that she has. To work various part-time jobs to earn money, not just for the surgeries but also for the law school because her mother wouldn't sign the grant for her university.

She works hard Some said that mirror is never wrong, never lied, that it shows whatever it is reflected to. She works hard to be a Barrister, yet two Chambers denied her for stupid reasons -jealousy and prejudice- until she was interviewed by nice people who warmly greet her. I'd rather work with those who respect me rather that famous-lordly Chambers who think they already know everything about life, yet they're born in comfortable childhood unlike some.

Tapi dalam kasus Constance, kata-kata kejam sang ibu dan ayah tirinya yang berulang kali mengatakan dia sangat sangat sangat jelek membuat dia berpikir memang begitulah adanya. Kehidupan yang dijalani Constance begitu sulit, dibesarkan tanpa cinta dia terbiasa menyimpan semuanya sendiri.

Ini menjadikannya perempuan yang kuat dan tabah, melakukan berbagai pekerjaan sampingan untuk membiayai operasi hidung dan bibirnya. Dan juga untuk membiayai hidup dan kuliahnya karena sang ibu tidak mau menandatangani cek yang ia butuhkan. Keinginannya menjadi seorang Barrister menghadapi begitu banyak tantangan, diperlakukan layaknya pembantu oleh beberapa anggota junior di Chamber tempat dia magang lalu mengalami penolakan di Chamber yang sama untuk alasan bodoh, rasa cemburu, karena para Barrister senior selalu melibatkan Constance dalam kasus-kasus yang mereka tangani.

Di Chamber yang lain dia ditolak karena prasangka buruk dan 'tidak memiliki cukup pengalaman hidup'. Mereka lahir dan dibesarkan dalam keluarga yang mapan, seberapa banyak 'pengalaman hidup' yang mereka tahu? Toh akhirnya Constance bergabung dengan kelompok yang menyambutnya dengan hangat, yang berhak mendapatkan rasa hormatnya karena mereka juga menghormati Constance sebagai perempuan, manusia dan Barrister handal.

View all 4 comments. Actually - 2 and one half stars. I liked this but not wholly so. The writing was very clear, straightforward and simple, just as one would expect a good lawyer would write. The story was interesting and, I suppose if I had read Ugly, I might not be left with so many questions; or perhaps, I still would. It seems that Constance Briscoe reveals quite a lot, but actually, she reveals very little.

And there's no cohesion to the story I guess there's no cohesion in life. Particularly aggravating was Actually - 2 and one half stars. Particularly aggravating was that she never gave closure on the cosmetic surgery theme - so dominant in the first half of the book and then completely forgotten in the second.

Had she come to terms with the scars? Had she decided not to go ahead? I get a sense that CB is a formidable woman, and an unforgiving one perhaps understandable with her history.

She could not be described as compassionate or warm but her story demands respect and I am left wondering how many people she hurt on her way to success. She gives you a sense of her relationship with people with whom she did not get on, but no real sense of her relationship with the people with whom she did get on, and there are clearly many.

Apr 04, Havannah Liz rated it liked it. Constance Briscoe's life, after reading it, opened my eyes to the world of law, trials, courts, magistrates, and anything else about her job in Tooks Court.

I liked how she managed to stand up after being physically and emotionally abused by her mother. As a young girl, living in a little country, with no experience outside the box yet , and challenged nothing yet, Constance is really strong. She became strong throughout her College Life--and beyond to that as well. I rated her book three stars, I admired her consistency in her career, but her mind is negatively lead sometimes. I think, she was not happy after the cosmetic surgery. But other than that, she is determined with what she really wanted, and in the end, she had taken complex cases such as rape, child abuse, and murder.

Reflection: Personally, her life pushed me to challenge myself. I dare myself to take opportunities and career chances for my profession growth and experience. I believe through God I can make it happen. Maybe that's something me and author Constance differ, I acknowledge God, she doesn't. But that's not the issue. Her setbacks and mindset is also the means of her perseverance. It challenge me to use my weakness as an opportunity to be strong while taking every opening.

I read this immediately after reading "Ugly". I was not impressed by the plastic surgery but I also sympathised with Constance. Sometimes we may tend to think that we have lead loveless childhoods in whatever ways and through whatever experiences, but her story has opened by eyes and made me overwhelmingly grateful. I like that she stayed focused and accomplished her dream despite the obstacles in her way. We really have no excuse and it goes to show that where and how you start is not essential I read this immediately after reading "Ugly".

We really have no excuse and it goes to show that where and how you start is not essential. Ultimately, it's the choices we make in life that determines where we finish. Yet though Constance seems to have it together career wise, I'm not convinced that she has been healed holistically View 1 comment. Jul 30, Josephine Jo rated it liked it. The follow up to the book Ugly, it was wonderful to see how Constance managed to achieve academic success and professional fulfilment without any support from anyone.

Certainly not an ugly person. Jun 10, Michelle70 rated it it was amazing. Once again a remarkable read from the judge.

Nov 14, Fatema rated it really liked it. This book is gripping, thought-provoking and honest to the point of heart-wrenching.


Constance Briscoe

Constance Briscoe says she doesn't understand what all the fuss is about. So what if, as she claims, her mother told her that her lips were too thick, her nose too wide and her skin too dark; and so what if she did hit her with sticks, pinch and twist her budding breasts, and slice her arm with a knife; and so what if her stepfather stubbed his cigarette out on her hand, threatened to kill her and pushed her through a glass window? These things happen, eh? I'm not sure Briscoe truly believes that, though. After all, why write a book called Ugly, alleging such a traumatic childhood, unless you expect a bit of a fuss. Ugly became a bestseller when it was published two years ago, and Briscoe immediately became better known as the victim of an unhappy childhood than as one of Britain's very few black women judges. But her account has not gone unchallenged.


Beyond Ugly

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Constance Briscoe born 18 May in England [1] is a former barrister , and was one of the first black female recorders in England and Wales. In May , she was jailed for three counts of doing an act tending to pervert the course of justice in R v Huhne and Pryce. Briscoe studied Law at Newcastle University graduating with a , [3] [4] financing her studies with several casual jobs, including working in a hospice. She took an MA at the University of Warwick.



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