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:

I have some wonderful news for you - Christmas with the Surplus Girls is now available for pre-order on Kindle at £2.37.
If you haven't started reading the series yet, now is the perfect time, because book 1, The Surplus Girls, is currently on Kindle Unlimited.
The Surplus Girls' Orphans is now 99p on Kindle in a time-limited deal.

 

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Over on my Susanna blog, I recently wrote a piece about the heroines of the first three Surplus Girls books. I have now written a companion blog about the heroes. It isn't long, so I am reproducing here for you.

 

Gabriel in The Surplus Girls

Gabriel Linkworth lost his memory near the end of the War and has no sense of his own identity. He is brought back to England and is told about himself, but it means nothing to him. A sensitive, clever man, he is forced to live in the moment and does his best to adapt, but every day is a struggle, though he does his best not to let this show. He has all sorts of doubts about himself. Why was he the sole survivor of the attrocity that caused him to lose his memory? Will his memory ever return? Presumably not, after all this time. How can he possibly form relationships when his life is a blank?

 

Aaron in The Surplus Girls' Orphans

Aaron is a returned soldier, who has taken on the job of handyman and caretaker at the local orphanage, St Anthony’s. A man with a strong sense of loyality and common decency, his wartime experiences have left him with a need for fresh air and an uncomplicated life. His priorities are simple but deeply important to him. He doesn't necessarily realise it, but he is cut out to be a family man.

 

Zachary in Christmas with the Surplus Girls

Zachary has recently set himself up in business selling and maintaining fire extinguishers and other fire equipment. All his capital has been ploughed into the business and he doesn’t have anything to spare. He and his brother volunteered young for the army during the war and Zachary has now come through a dark time and is determined to make the best of his life. Although he is very focused on the success of the fledgling firm that could make or break him, he is a good-natured chap with a sense of humour - and also a sense of honour. 

 

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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.