The Winter Song by Saurav Dutt

From the acclaimed Author of ‘The Butterfly Room’ comes a powerful afterlife drama conveying how great gifts can be hidden in death and how they can bear fruit in our lives if we have the faith to let them unfold.

Somewhere between the mountains and the mist in Simla, India a widower must reconcile himself to the loss and grief that haunts him after the recent death of his wife.

Unhinged by grief, anger, and guilt, John Perera has set off on a journey, a journey to honour the love of his life and to fulfil the promise he made to her to uncover the truth behind the mysterious death of their son. It is a journey of extraordinary self-discovery that will take him to the extremities of his soul and question all he believes about life, death, and faith.

My Thoughts


The description of this book alone is enough to really grasp hold of your attention, and after reading it I just knew that I would have to read it!.

The Winter Song is a story about a man who embarks on spiritual journey to reflect upon his life. John Perera sets off, on foot!, on this 90 mile journey in order to honour his late wife’s wishes, something she asked of him whilst on her death bed after a tiring battle with cancer.

Whilst upon this journey, John finds himself taking a long hard look at his own life choices, and the faith he has followed throughout his years. He feels as though he may have kept too much faith, something that he believes may have been the reason for the loss of his son Jimmy, and the the troubles he faced in his marriage.

As we follow John’s journey, we learn much more about him as an individual, and get a much deeper insight in to the tragedies he has had to overcome throughout his life. He meets several people along the way that reinstate his faith in human kind, and teach his some rather valuable life lessons along the way.

This is such an incredibly moving, thought provoking novel that captured my heart from the very beginning. The storyline is so wonderfully structured, and utterly unique it is impossible to not find yourself being swept along with John’s journey. John is an incredibly well fleshed out character with many layers to his personality.

With so much drive and purpose, I found myself struggling to part with this book. The story flows wonderfully and takes the reader on an emotional rollercoaster alongside the central character. I loved this book.

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About the Author

Saurav Dutt is an Author, Political Columnist and Human Rights Campaigner. A journalist in three continents, his acclaimed debut novel ‘The Butterfly Room’ explored issues of domestic violence and homophobia within South Asian communities and has been showcased alongside leading political figures and human rights campaigners. His work for human rights and charity campaign work has taken Dutt to speaking engagements at the WEF, IKWRO, IWN, Houses of Parliament and TEDx.

After exploring the issue of psychological abuse and domestic violence in ‘There Is A Light That Never Goes Out’ Dutt was commissioned by a major Hollywood production house to pen the official novelization of the major motion picture ‘Tiger’ (starring Golden Globe winning and Academy Award nominated actor Mickey Rourke) and he commemorated the centenary of the infamous Amritsar Massacre in India with ‘Garden of Bullets: Massacre at Jallianwala Bagh’ which was featured in TIME magazine. TIGER is the biographical account of Parminder Singh Nagra, a trailblazing Sikh boxer who fought successfully for the right to compete in the ring with his beard, an essential part of his faith.

A syndicated political columnist, Dutt writes for the International Business Times, The Times of Israel, Human Events, and American Herald Tribune. He has featured on CNN, GQ, Huffington Post, Business Insider, BBC television and radio, RT (Russia Today), Press TV, Sky News, and more. He has been shortlisted several times for the Asian Achievers Awards and Asian Media Awards. He resides in the United Kingdom, Los Angeles, and India.

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*Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources and Saurav Dutt for providing me with a gifted copy of this book in return for my honest review. All thoughts are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.*

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