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:


Some special news: Make sure you check back here on November 1st for some special news that has to be kept quiet until then.


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I've finished writing the third book in the series and have sent it to my agent, who will read it and suggest edits (but not too many, I hope). After I've done those, the book will be sent to my editor. Fingers crossed that they both like it. I don't mind telling you I loved writing it and I hope you'll love it too.


Even before she's read it, my editor has been in touch to talk about the cover and the blurb for book 3. Things are moving quickly!



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Over on my blog, I have an occasional series called "Where I Wrote. . .", in which I share photos of parts of Llandudno where I wrote certain scenes in my books.


This time, I'm looking back to a writing week I had with friends two years ago (was it really that long?!), during which I wrote several chapters of The Surplus Girls' Orphans.


Click here to take a look . . .



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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.




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.