Ian Sutherland

One of the many things that makes Ian unique as a novelist is the way he successfully straddles the academic, business, and literary worlds, thereby appealing to a broad audience. The first expression of him as an author was to pen ‘cops and robbers’ stories, aged five. As a youngster, he was a fanatical reader, devouring fiction of all kinds. He started writing in earnest to immortalize the stories with which he’d verbally enthralled his own children―including a nightly serial known as The Never-ending Story. This gained traction with the completion of a memoir.

Ian’s passion for writing intensified and, in 2016, he completed an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Cape Town―resulting in his debut novel, Subversion (previously Featherstream) under the supervision of acclaimed South African novelist Professor Etienne van Heerden. Following publication in September 2018, Ian featured in a series of filled-to capacity book launches and interviews in leading media outlets and literary festivals. Subversion, a page-turning WWII historical drama, was carried by leading bookstores throughout South Africa, reaching #2 on Exclusive Books’ bestseller list. It was also awarded Best Novel at the 2019 National Independent Publishers Awards.

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Rob Macdonald

Rob Macdonald is the Head of Strategic Advisory Services at Fundhouse. He holds a M Phil (Management Studies) from Oxford University and is a former Director of the MBA Programme at the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town. Rob is currently co-organiser of the annual Humans Under Management South Africa conference, editorial adviser to Blue Chip Journal, and a sought-after speaker and writer. He is also a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) and a qualified coach and counsellor.

Other Stories

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‘Ian was shortlisted for the 2018 Short Sharp Stories Award (National Arts Festival) for his short story ‘Not Taken’. The anthology Instant Exposure: 2018 Short.Sharp.Stories Award for excellent South African Fiction which can be purchased via Amazon

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Other stories to be announced.

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Read Ian’s short story : Rembrandt
Rembrandt SA Writers College
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Thirty years after the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the remains of the power plant have to be enclosed to prevent further contamination, whilst the surrounding area remains uninhabitable. Read Ian’s reflection on the meaning of the anniversary, which appeared in Creamers’ Engineering News.
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Leadership lessons in Endurance from Sir Ernest Shackleton’s 1914 Antarctic Expedition.

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