A Woman Alone is a collection of autobiographical writings, sketches, and essays that covers the entire span of Bessie Head’s creative life, up to her death in 1986 at the age of 49.
Born the child of a wealthy South African white woman and a black servant who tended to the woman’s family’s race horses, Head’s birth is apparently considered a scandal. Up to her death in 1986 at the age of 49. It reveals a woman of great sensitivity and vitality, inspired through her knowledge of suffering with “a reverence for ordinary people” and finding some healing for her own anguish in a quiet corner of Africa.
She goes on to write books in her chosen rural ‘haven’ of Serowe.
This book displays strength and compassion.