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 new saga series, The Surplus Girls. I hope you will pop back here regularly, as I will be adding material in the run-up to publication day in January.




The first book in the series, The Surplus Girls, will be published by Corvus Atlantic on 2nd January 2020.


UK Kindle    UK paperback  


US Kindle 


Canada Kindle  


Australia Kindle  


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The audiobook will be published by Isis Soundings. Watch this space!

Latest News:


Here is my article in Frost Magazine about The Surplus Girls series, including a cautionary tale for anybody contemplating changing their name!

hHere is my article in Frost Magazine 

In a blog interview with Tara Graves, I talk about how NaNoWriMo helped get The Surplus Girls written, how I organise my work and why I wish I was better at wriitng blurbs.


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To find out how two important characters in The Surplus Girls spent nearly 20 years flitting from book to book until they found their natural home in The Surplus Girls, click here to be taken to my Susanna Bavin blog.


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Forthcoming blog appearances:


- with Jan Baynham on her blog - Monday 28th October


- with Linda Huber on her blog - Sunday 3rd November


- on the Waggy Tales book blog - Thursday 12th December


- on the Boon's Bookcase blog - date to be announced



Here's a special photo that I'm thrilled to share with you.


These are the publishing details for The Surplus Girls in The Bookseller, which is the professional weekly of the UK book trade.


Huge thanks to Christina Banach for the photo.

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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.