Writing mostly in the first half of the twentieth century, Sheila Kaye-Smith published thirty-one novels, in addition to about twenty works in other genres: biography, criticism, saints' lives, country lore, and books of memoirs (one of them disguised as a cookery book). Almost all her novels are set in the Weald of Sussex, with which her name became closely identified. She called Jane Austen her 'Bible'.
4 February 1887 SKS was born at Hastings in Sussex, the elder of two sisters.
By March 1916 SKS published her best-known work, Sussex Gorse: The Story of a Fight, another regional novel, for which the idea was suggested to her by W. L. George.