Dinah Lampitt was born in Essex - daughter of a Bavarian eccentric and a Welsh witch - but spent her formative years in a haunted cottage in Chiswick. For a time she worked for Woman, The Times and the Evening News. A chance meeting with one of the Getty family took her to Sutton Place and her first serious novel was born.
The Sutton Place trilogy established Dinah as a major novelist. Dinah also writes under the pseudonym Deryn Lake whose novels have been highly successful.