Welcome to Polly Heron's website.


I am a saga writer living on the North Wales coast, but I am originally from Manchester, which is where my books are set.


I am delighted to introduce my saga series, The Surplus Girls.


I also write as Susanna Bavin.

Latest News:


If you are a Kobo reader, The Surplus Girls' Orphans has been selected as a Book of the Month in their Romance section. 


Here is the link: https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/the-surplus-girls-orphans


The Surplus Girls' Orphans is also doing well on Amazon. Here it is in the Coming of Age fiction chart.


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If you are a member of a Reading Group, take a look at The Surplus Girls' Orphans page by clicking the tab on the left. Scroll down and you'll find the questions and discussion points I have compiled to accompany the story. I hope you find them interesting and that they add to your enjoyment of the book.


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Here is a quick link for you to my Author Page on Amazon UK.


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Why not take a look at a recent blog, which is about the way I link my books together by popping a character from one book into another book. Characters from The Poor Relation and The Sewing Room Girl feature in The Surplus Girls . . . as does a character who started life in another book but then got edited out.


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Who were the Surplus Girls? 

The Great War wiped out a generation of young men and left behind a generation of young women who faced a life without the probability of marriage, at a time when any girl left on the shelf rapidly became an old maid and no working woman could hope to earn what could be earned by a man, even by a man doing the same job. These were the ‘surplus girls’ – young women who had grown up assuming they would get married, but whose dreams and assumptions were dashed by the War; young women who, unexpectedly and without preparation, faced a lifetime of work and spinsterhood.


What inspired the story behind The Surplus Girls?

When my dad was a boy, his mother used to take him every Saturday morning to visit his great-aunts, who were spinsters and who all lived together. From hearing about them when I was a child, I know he adored them. Strictly speaking, they weren’t surplus girls because they were a bit too old for that, but I was always fascinated by the thought of these sisters living together and supporting one another without the benefit of the kind of money a man could earn.