Double-Edged Sword, The Simonne Butler Story
by Simonne Butler with Andra Jenkin, Mary Egan Publishing.
“Although the attack is what I am known for, and the only thing most people know about me, it isn’t who I am,” Simonne Butler writes in her introduction to this true story centring around one of New Zealand’s most dreadful crimes. In 2003, a devastating moment in Butler’s already troubled life became national news, when her controlling, sociopathic and drug-fuelled partner, Antonie Dixon, slashed at her with a samurai sword, severing both of her hands. While Butler tries not to let Dixon dominate her memoir, it’s impossible not to escape the horrifying impact he had on one woman’s life. It is at times a gruelling and distressing read, but fascinating in its brutal honesty and its insight into extreme domestic violence. But Butler’s brave recovery and her journey to healing and acceptance also give her story an uplifting quality, becoming, in her own words, “a guidebook for humanity”. Although it is her plea that every victim of domestic violence, their friends and family, read this book, it has a powerful message for everyone. You will walk away with Butler’s mantra – “Never give up” – engrained on your mind and soul. SM