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 I have just received the copy-edits of the third book in the series, Christmas With the Surplus Girls, so I shall be working on those for the next few days. As well as that, book 4 is already planned in detail, most of it scene-by-scene, and I have made a start on writing chapter 1.


Did I tell you that I have seen the cover for Christmas With the Surplus Girls? It was designed by Carmen Balit, who also designed the first two covers, and it is just lovely.



The Surplus Girls' Orphans was reviewed in Frost, the online lifestyle and culture magazine.


I'm so proud of the review. Here are the highlights:


"I can honestly say that The Surplus Girls’ Orphans is the best saga I have read. The restricted lives of women in the inter-war period is captured perfectly, but with a fresh eye and brilliant story-telling that avoids the ‘grit and grim’ which I find makes some sagas less than a pleasure to read...."


"....Drawing on some of the characters in The Surplus Girls, and still wound into the story of the Miss Hesketh’s business school, The Surplus Girls’ Orphans is a standalone novel in its own right, although readers will get more out of the story having read the first book.... However there is an entirely new main character in the form of Molly Watson, who is suffering perhaps the longest engagement ever, to a penny-pinching, controlling man.... Her relationship with Aaron Abrams unfolds beautifully; the initial misunderstandings never overdone, the attraction between them perfectly paced. Nothing is sugar-coated.... The subplots work perfectly too, in symmetry with the main story.... Polly Heron has tremendous skill as a story-teller, but on top of that the quality of her writing shines through. She has a knack of wasting not a word on description, but of weaving detail into the action so the reader had a perfect mental image of a place and time as the story unfolds around them."


Wow! Isn't that amazing?

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If you are a member of a Reading Group, take a look at The Surplus Girls' Orphans page by clicking the tab on the left. Scroll down and you'll find the questions and discussion points I have compiled to accompany the story. I hope you find them interesting and that they add to your enjoyment of the book.


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Here is a quick link for you to my Author Page on Amazon UK.


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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.


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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.


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.