The Silent-footed Butler

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This is a truly magnificent tribute to your brother. I congratulate you on your superb research, which must have been relentless, requiring great courage and determination and much sifting. The finished product is worthy of any eminent biographer:...

Mel Rolfe - Read more

Dear Cathy, I'm not much given to writing fan letters, but I've just finished 'The Silent-footed Butler' and can't let the day proceed without sending you a note of admiration. I only knew Chris as a distant part of the National Youth Orchestra...

Randall Shannon - Read more

My dear Cathy, Through reading The Silent-footed Butler, I realise that what you have brought about is exactly what you wished to achieve from the outset – an honouring of Chris’s being; the intensity of its brew so strong that none who...

Maggie Baron - Read more

Dear Cathy, Just finished your wonderful book. Cathy, you write so wonderfully that it would be a sad loss to mankind if this were to be your only book. You made me feel as though I knew Chris personally and your description of his accident made me...

Mary Andrews - Read more

I have just finished reading your amazing book. I have been totally absorbed by your story and staggered by your literary assurance. I recognise the perfectionist at work in your painstaking research and passion for detail. What is more, your...

Clare Tyack - Read more

I am in quite a state: I have just finished your book. It is shattering. The most honest thing I have read in a very long time and what's more you are such a natural writer with a wonderful flow and style. I can't begin to tell you how wise,...

Thomas Bowes - Read more

Your beautiful book arrived yesterday - I had a concert last night, but otherwise I haven't been able to put it down - the pictures, the story, and above all dear Chris, as present in my mind today, thanks to you, as he was 40 years ago. I am so...

Bramwell Tovey - Read more

I've now read The Silent-footed Butler cover to cover, and was gripped. You've captured what it's like to be a teenager so vividly - it transported me right back. The passion of your relationship with Simon was brilliantly evocative, and the...

Vyvian Bronk - Read more

Last Tuesday I began to read ‘The Silent-footed Butler’, which basically swallowed me up until this morning when I read the final few chapters. It occupied all my free hours in the reading of it and all the rest of the time thinking...

Robert Bailey - Read more

I’m sure others will have made similar comments, but your book is a remarkable achievement. The honesty and detail of your writing made me feel I had been part of your family. It was a great pleasure to meet you all and thanks so much for your...

Graham Frankel - Read more

I have just read your amazing book.... Wow, you write so beautifully. It was so moving, honest, brave and compelling and a wonderful tribute to your brother. So much detail becomes blurred and lost as time goes on, and to have your incredible story...

Catherine Bradshaw - Read more

I have just finished reading your amazing book, Cathy. I know, it has taken me a while - I had to wait for the right time. It completely took over my life for a number of weeks. So wonderful and so honest - I still can't stop thinking about it....

Caroline Maguire - Read more

This astonishing book will resonate with all of us who grew up in "Austerity Britain" in the 1950's. Although it is a tragic true story, it is leavened with memories of happy times and funny times. Cathy Giles does not shrink from revealing all...

Anonymous - Read more

Wonderful wonderful book, Cathy; couldn't put it down. Very moving and much more. Thank you! Nick Cooper - professional musician

Nick Cooper - Read more

I have just finished reading the book, and wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed it. It's so well written, and the story is completely compelling. I really admire your candour, and willingness to think about, and write about painful experiences....

Carole Satyamurti - Read more

Just a few lines to say how much I enjoyed reading 'The Silent-footed Butler'. A truly wonderfully written and moving book. Rolf Wilson - professional musician

Rolf Wilson - Read more

This book is so beautifully and compellingly written it’s hard to believe it is Cathy’s first book. Her father was something of a linguistic bully, so perhaps the unfaltering eloquence of her prose is not surprising. Both of...

Mike Hatchard - Read more

There are many fascinating themes which run through this beautifully written book. I would like to draw attention to one of those themes - Cathy’s own story.       Cathy’s father was an insecure and unbalanced...

Ann Smith - Read more

I am so very pleased that you are about to embark on publication of your book. It is such a thorough, personal and exquisitely detailed biography, which manages to capture the essence of the time and the emotion of the occasions. Cathy, your prose...

Steve Cladingboel - Read more

This story, provoked by the search for a brother who died tragically young, is told with such directness and unflinching engagement with a life, time and place that the reader is drawn in effortlessly. It is a story, essentially autobiographical,...

Judy Gahagan - Read more

May I say again how much I admire the writing, and the powers of organisation which you bring to the task of telling your dense and complex story. It is extremely gripping and involving. I particularly marvel at how you convey the excruciatingly...

Marie Smith - Read more

Well done Cathy, this was a very interesting read. We found we could share many of the experiences you related, and suspect it was due to the emotional damage some of the previous generation suffered caused by loss of family and friends during...

Tony McKillop - Read more

The Silent-footed Butler by Cathy Giles