Some mothers – as some fathers – can be and are violent

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The Sydney Morning Herald
2 December 2008

Mother sues daughter over book – and loses

AP – A British mother lost a libel suit on Monday against the daughter who
claimed in a book that her childhood had been marred by emotional and
physical abuse.

Constance Briscoe had defended her book, Ugly, as a true account of her suffering at the hands of her mother, Carmen Briscoe-Mitchell.

The jury returned a unanimous verdict in favour of Briscoe and her publisher, Hodder & Stoughton Ltd., after a day of deliberations.

The book has sold more than half a million copies since its publication two years ago, and Briscoe has written a sequel, Beyond Ugly.
Briscoe testified that her mother beat her repeatedly with a stick for bed-wetting and called her a “dirty little whore”. The abuse drove her to drink bleach in a suicide attempt, and she had plastic surgery in response to her mother’s taunts that she was ugly, Briscoe said….(Full Story)
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Well, nothing breeds success like success.  If there is money to be made with libelling one’s own mother, why not?


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