Introducing Polly Heron

Posted on 14th September, 2019

I said on my Welcome page a while ago that I would have some exciting news to share with you in the middle of September. Here it is at last - I am delighted to tell you that in future I will also be writing as Polly Heron.


My first book as Polly is called The Surplus Girls and will be published by Corvus Atlantic on January 2nd 2020 in paperback and e-book formats.


(This picture is the publishing information in The Bookseller, which is the trade periodical of the book industry.)


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 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. These were the ‘surplus girls’ – young women who had grown up assuming they would get married, but whose assumptions were dashed by the War; young women who, unexpectedly and without preparation, faced a lifetime of work and spinsterhood.


The Surplus Girls is a family saga set in 1922, four years after the end of the Great War. The heroine is Belinda, who got engaged at 15 to Ben, who died near the end of the war. Now Belinda is approaching 21 and, although she will always hold Ben in a special place in her heart, she knows it is time for her to move on. But how can she, when Ben’s mother and grandmother, whom she lives with, are still deep in mourning? As for Belinda’s own family – well, her father has lost more jobs than you can shake a stick at, and her mother, worn down with shame, is clingy and demanding.


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?


I hope you like the sound of The Surplus Girls. I loved writing it and I hope you will want to read Belinda's story.




The Surplus Girls on Kindle at:


Amazon UK       Amazon US       Amazon Canada       Amazon Australia 


The Surplus Girls  in paperback 


Polly Heron’s website


Polly Heron’s author page on Amazon



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Belatedly, but no less heartfelt, I'm delighted to hear about 'Polly Heron' and your first book writing under that name. Since there were 'surplus girls' in my own family, I shall read about your 'Surplus Girls' with even more interest.

Also, since one of my grandmothers took a secretarial course for the reason your fictional Belinda did (and it also transformed her life), the story will resonate with me in that way too.

As for a bookshop owner hero...yes please!

Wishing you much success as Polly Heron and with this new series.
How lovely to hear from you, Jan, and thank you for your kind words. Yes, I am thrilled to be writing a series, though I do want to make sure readers know that each of the books will also be readable as a stand-alone novel.
Congratulations, Susanna. I love the sound of ‘The Surplus Girls’ and can’t wait to read Belinda’s story. The fact that the novel is the first in a series will be great news for your readers.
Louise, thank you for your kind words. It hasn't been easy keeping the secret of Polly and it is such a relief to share my news at last. I'm delighted to hear that you like the idea of the new series. I hope you will enjoy reading it.
What exciting news, Susanna - or should I say, Polly! Congratulations. I love the idea of the surplus girls and how wonderful that it is going to be a series.