Great story - intriguing, gripping, impossible to put down. Kept me up past midnight!
An intriguing tale…Sutherland’s novel has all the ingredients for a good read.
First time author Ian Sutherland gets under your skin in this historical novel set in the breath-taking Cape Agulhas area in a pre-Nationalist South Africa. It's a compelling read, with a wonderful sense of place and a cracking pace.
Sensitively written prose gently evoking the mood of the local landscape.
Sally Ann Watkins
A sense of place and time, both credible and compelling.
A very accomplished novel.
RHA Literary Agency
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Fairlady Magazine (June '19 Edition) Books Feature by Suzy Brokensha
"Featherstream is a successful first novel. It is written with great care and attention to detail, and has an unusual and credible plot. It is a compelling and readable thriller which convincingly brings to life the Cape of 80 years ago."
Dr Sara Pienaar,
A tale charged with intrigue, tension and wrenching emotion….an absorbing and entertaining read.
Artist, Cartoonist & Author
The novel is fantastic and had me hooked to the end!
February 1942. With the Nazis triumphant in Europe, North Africa and much of the USSR, control of the shipping lanes off the southernmost tip of Africa is an Allied imperative. At the urging of Prime Minister Jan Smuts, South Africa’s parliament has narrowly voted to join the British war effort, but the country remains bitterly divided. Feisty university student Anna van der Vliet returns to her family farm near Cape Agulhas during the holidays. Noticing strange comings and goings in the area, she begins to suspect that her father, a prominent Member of Parliament, may be involved in a clandestine operation to aid the enemy.
As a patriot, Anna feels compelled to inform the authorities, but what if this means betraying her family and lover?
Drawing on extensive historical research, Featherstream is a unique tapestry of suspense, wartime intrigue and romance.
Ian Sutherland graduated with an MA in Creative Writing from UCT in 2016. Featherstream is his debut novel, and two romantic thrillers are in advanced stages of production. He has been shortlisted for the 2018 Short Sharp Stories Award and previously placed second and fourth in the annual SA Writers College short story competition.
Ian’s work has appeared in publications as diverse as the Anthology of South African Short Stories and Engineering News. Originally qualifying as an engineer, Ian later earned an MBA from Columbia University and has worked in management consulting and banking in New York and Sydney. He currently lives and works in Cape Town and enjoys traveling, surfing, cycling and dancing the tango.
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