Dorothy Evelyn Smith was born in Derby, England, the daughter of a methodist parson. She first began to write successfully for English magazines while her husband was serving in the First World War. Thereafter her short stories and articles steadily reached a wide market, though her work was subject to interruptions from her growing daughter and son and their prodigious number of pets. In 1939, when most English magazines went off the market, Mrs. Smith began her first novel, interrupted this time by her war work. Often she wrote "on the end of the kitchen table with bombs falling around the house," and part of her first novel was finished while she was confined to bed with an injured leg.
Now that peace has come, Mrs. Smith writes in her own small study in the three-hundred-year-old cottage in Essex which the Smiths have recently purchased. Lost Hill is the third of her novels to be issued in America. The first two, My Lamp Is Bright and O, The Brave Music were enthusiastically received there and in England. - From the dust jacket of Lost Hill.