Dou­ble-Edged Sword, The Si­monne But­ler Story

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - BOOKS -

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

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