Double-edged Sword: The Simonne Butler Story

Double-edged Sword: The Simonne Butler Story

Double-edged Sword is a survival story like no other. In 2003 Simonne Butler’s violent partner, Antoine Dixon, high on methamphetamine, cut off both her hands with a samurai sword. Her hands were reattached in a groundbreaking marathon surgery and she spent the next decade healing her mind, body a...

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Double-edged Sword is a survival story like no other. In 2003 Simonne Butler’s violent partner, Antoine Dixon, high on methamphetamine, cut off both her hands with a samurai sword. Her hands were reattached in a groundbreaking marathon surgery and she spent the next decade healing her mind, body and spirit.

Despite five years in an extremely physically and emotionally abusive relationship, Simonne always had an unbreakable spirit. Even when her self-confidence and sense of self-preservation was at rock bottom, she was able to source phenomenal strength that saw her survive horrendous blood loss and being left for dead for hours, holding her severed limbs in such a way that allowed revascularisation to be possible.

Facing obstacles from the very start, including a troubled childhood and an alcoholic and volatile mother, Simonne’s optimism and determination have always shone through.

Every victim of domestic violence must read this book, and their friends and family. Even those who have never been the victim of violence will be inspired, moved and enlightened by this candid and brutal memoir. Double-edged Sword is so much more than just a story of survival, it is a guidebook for humanity – how to shrug off the oppressors and the obstacles and live your life with the greatest intensity you can muster. It’s about conquering the demons and rising like a phoenix from the ashes and learning how to live with passion, honesty and love.

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Genres: Memoir, Non-fiction
Tag: Domestic Violence
Publisher: Mary Egan Publishing
Publication Year: 2016
ASIN: B01N9GXQDR
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Andra Jenkin

Andra is a professional writer, teacher and editor, has worked in TV, film and radio. As Andra Jenkin, she co-wrote the non-fiction book Double-Edged Sword with Simonne Butler, Edited No More Mrs Nice Nun, and has drawn for the New Zealand Anthology of Women’s Comics Three Words. Other works include contributions to the third in the Douglas Adams Liff Trilogy, paranormal romance in the Bewitching Desires compilation, and she has performed poetry in Readers and Writers Festivals in New Zealand and Indonesia, with poems appearing on CD with The Literatti.

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