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:


Wednesday July 1st is National Northern Authors Day, so if you see this on July 1st, and you are a Twitter user, go over to my Twitter page, where I am celebrating with two book giveaways. One winner will receive The Surplus Girls and the other will receive The Deserter's Daughter.



You are welcome to enter both giveaways if you like. All you have to do is retweet the relevant tweet and follow me, if you haven't already. You will need to scroll down past the top few tweets to find the prize giveaway tweets. The draw closes at midnight BST, July 1st.


Good luck!


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Work is continuing on the cover design for the second book in the Surplus Girls series, The Surplus Girls' Orphans. I mentioned here before that it's possible that an old family photograph may be used as the cover picture. That's looking less likely now, for reasons of having high enough resolution, though it is still a possibility. Having said that, some other possible covers have been mocked up and there's one in particular that I think looks really good - a perfect match for book 1.


The Surplus Girls' Orphans will be published next January, but the papaerback is already available for pre-order on Amazon. It will, of course, also be published as an e-book, though the details for that won't appear until nearer the time.




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.