A practising barrister and one of the first black women to sit as a judge in the UK, Constance Briscoe is the author of the bestselling memoirs Ugly and Beyond Ugly. Inspired by her firsthand experiences in the courtroom, Constance has turned her writing talents to create gritty, page-turning crime fiction. Set in her home territory of South London, The Accused is a gripping, authentic debut backed by an insider's knowledge of the criminal justice system.
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.