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:


All the copy-edits are finished on the second book in my Surplus Girls series and the text has now been type-set. This means that, although it is still on a computer screen, it doesn't look like a Word document any more - it looks like proper book pages! It's always such an exciting moment - seeing what the finished thing is going to look like.


Over on my blog, come and meet saga author Tania Crosse, whose novel The Street of Broken Dreams won the Best Romantic Saga award earlier this year.



In another blog, I'm sharing pictures of the place where I was when I wrote a certain scene in The Sewing Room Girl. It's the scene where Juliet visits her grandmother's textiles factory for the first time and includes and extract from the book.





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.