The Surplus Girls


Manchester, January 1922.

Belinda Layton is a surplus girl - one of the many young women whose dreams of marriage perished in the Great War, with the death of her beloved fiancé Ben. After four years of mourning, she finally feels ready to face whatever her future holds without him. But Ben's mother and grandmother, with whom Belinda lives, can't countenance her putting him to rest, while her own family - well, all they care about is getting hold of her meagre factory wages.


When Belinda joins a secretarial class to try to better herself, little does she imagine that it will open up a whole new world to her. For not only does she learn to type, but she meets the beguiling bookshop owner Richard Carson... and falls head over heels in love. But who is this man to whom she has entrusted with her heart, and what does he really want?


As Belinda fights to follow her dreams, can she move forwards from all the devastation and loss, and take a chance at happiness?



With its intertwined plot-lines, exploration of relationships and strong female characters, The Surplus Girls is written for saga readers who enjoy character-driven books with an accurate historical setting and satisfying emotional content.



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The audiobook is read by Julia Franklin, who is also the reader for my Susanna Bavin books.


You can request it from your public library on CD, MP3 and possibly as an e-book. Audible listeners can purchase it to add to their personal libraries. Click here.

More About The Surplus Girls


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.


Here is my article in Frost Magazine about The Surplus Girls series, including a cautionary tale for anybody contemplating changing their name!


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.


It wasn't published until January 2nd 2020, but The Surplus Girls appeared on a Best Books List for 2019. Take a look here. You will need to scroll down to the bottom of the page.


Supermarkets are an important outlet for sagas these days. Here is The Surplus Girls on the shelf in Sainsbury's. I'd like to say a huge thank you to the readers who have sent me shelfies, like this one.