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:


My latest news is that the full wraparound cover for the paperback of The Surplus Girls' Orphans has been finalised - and here it is:



Isn't it gorgeous! I love it and I hope you do as well. I can't wait to hold the real thing in my hands. 


If you haven't had a chance to see my blog about how the front cover illustration came about (and how I helped with it!), click on The Surplus Girls' Orphans tab at the side and scroll down to the bottom, where it says More About . . .


Meanwhile, The Surplus Girls is an Amazon Kindle Deal for the whole of September, so you can bag a copy for just 99p.


And if you prefer paperbacks, the paperback is still priced at £2.



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Why not take a look at my reent 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.





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.