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.


I also write as Susanna Bavin.



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


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The Surplus Girls can be requested via NetGalley.


Latest News:


December started in the best possible way with receiving copies of The Surplus Girls paperback.


Very exciting news as of the end of November - the ARCs (advance review copies of The Surplus Girls have been sent out and several reviewers have been on touch to say they have received theirs. Here is brief but very happy blog about it.

If you are interested in NaNoWriMo, here is a link to my blog about participating this year. Both The Surplus Girls and the second book in the series are NaNo books.


On psychological suspense author Linda Huber's blog, I talk about my writing routine and the themes that drive the stories in The Surplus Girls series.


In a blog interview with Jan Baynham, we chat about planning a series and what makes a good question for a book group.


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 writing 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:


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


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


- in The Listening Post magazine - date to be announced


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More News....


I am delighted to tell you that the audiobook of The Surplus Girls will be read by the wonderful Julia Franklin, who also reads my Susanna Bavin novels.






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.