Liongold - A Poignant South African Memoir Cuts to the Heart of Life Under Apartheid

Tonasket, Washington (PressExposure) December 21, 2009 -- In Liongold, Bea Alden delivers an intensely personal account of daily life in South Africa during the height of the infamous apartheid regime. Readers will be riveted by the author's faithful impressions of race relations, human rights, and the roles of women in a society ruled by rigid race definitions. Liongold is available worldwide at; also from, and other major sellers.

"Liongold paints a vivid picture of a specific time and place... Alden bears witness, and in offering her clear-eyed memories, she also subtly explains how quickly and firmly injustice plants itself and comes to seem normal." Natalie Danford, author of Inheritance; co-editor, Best New American Voices

"In language rich with mood and atmosphere, delicately unfolding the intricate relationships of gender, class, ethnicity and race, Liongold tells the story of ... an entire way of life doomed, necessarily, to give way to immense change."--Susan Bernardin, co-author of Trading Gazes; Associate Professor of Native American and American Literature, State University of New York, Oneonta.


Bea Alden grew up in the white suburbs of Johannesburg -- a tall, lively city founded on a vast wealth of gold, mined night and day by an army of black laborers deep underground. She and her family automatically accepted the apartheid color barriers that ruled South African society. All those laws separating the races in every aspect of life, seemed, then, to be just the way things were.

No-one, white or black, escaped the effects of the rigid apartheid regime. Everywhere there were rules, written and unwritten, not only about race, but about the significance of class and money, and the roles of men and women.

Bea Alden
P O Box 1172
Tonasket, Washington 98855, USA

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