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Ayrton, Elisabeth

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(1910-1991) UK author, best known for books on cooking; married first to Nigel Balchin (1933-1951), then to Michael Ayrton (from 1952 until his death in 1975). Her sf novel, Day Eight (1978), portrays a Near-Future world in Ecological extremis, to which Gaia responds through a sudden acceleration in the Evolution of species in the heart of Africa, but excluding Homo sapiens. [JC]

Elisabeth Walshe Ayrton

born Worplesdon, Surrey: 2 February 1910

died Rockhampton, Essex 15 November 1991


  • Day Eight (London: Hutchinson, 1978) [hb/Dale A Zimmerman]


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