The Four FeathersBook - 2001
Just before his regiment sails off to war in the Sudan, British officer Harry Feversham quits the military. He is immediately given four white feathers - symbols of cowardice - one each by his three best friends and one by his fiancee. To disprove this grave dishonour, Harry dons an Arabian disguise and leaves for the Sudan, where he anonymously comes to the aid of his three friends, saving each of their lives. Having proved his bravery, Harry returns to England, hoping to regain the love and respect of his fiancee. This suspenseful tale movingly depicts a distinctive code of honour that - whether real or imagined - was deeply valued and strongly promoted by the British during the height of their imperial power.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2001.
Characteristics: xxix, 284 p. ; 20 cm.