Working name of UK writer Elizabeth Rhoda Wintle Holden (1943-2013), who concentrated since her first novel, Andra (1971), which is sf, on sf and fantasy for young adults. The Wyndcliffe (1974) depicts the growing love between an unhappy young woman and a Ghost; its sequel, Sing and Scatter Daisies (1977), set some while later, intensifies the situation through the jealousy of another relative and the slow realization that the central female character is dying. The Earth Witch (1981) is also about Love: a young man enamoured of an older woman is amazed when she grows younger as the Seasons turn toward Spring. Further titles of fantasy interest include Cat Call (1980) and The Dram Road (1983). [JC]
other works (sf): The Power of Stars (1972); Star Lord (1978; rev 1987); Calling B for Butterfly (1982); Children of the Dust (1985); Moonwind (1986); The Warriors of Taan (1986); Extinction is Forever and Other Stories (coll 1990); Ben-Harran's Castle (1992; vt Keeper of the Universe 1993 US); The Disinherited (1994; vt The Patchwork People 1994 US).
Elizabeth Rhoda Wintle Holden