Sheila Kaye-Smith was counted among the leading English novelists of the first half of the twentieth Century and her books had a world-wide sale. Nearly all her novels are set in the Kent and Sussex Countryside which she had known from her earliest childhood and which she passionately cared for.
She followed very much in the English regional tradition and, if she had not the stature of a Thomas Hardy, she at least compares with her perhaps better known contemporary, Shropshire’s Mary Webb.
She wrote prolifically and, apart from her novels, published short stories, autobiography, poetry, plays, literary criticism, topography and importantly, religious works. Sadly none of her writing is now in print though she is far from being forgotten.