Author Archives: Catherine Bilson

Freebies and Bargain Reads: Entertain Yourself During Quarantine!

Freebies and Bargain Reads: Entertain Yourself During Quarantine!

The world’s a tough place at the moment, and keeping ourselves entertained while in quarantine, isolation, extreme social distancing or (heaven forbid) while in a sickbed is pretty challenging. So I’m doing my part for all JAFF lovers: I’m making The Best of Relations and Mr. Bingley’s Bride free until March 30th, and Infamous Relations… more goodness …

The Old Cookbook Experiment: Part 4

The Old Cookbook Experiment: Part 4

After a brief digression into the fun time I’m having with audiobooks (did you know Infamous Relations is now available as an audiobook? Check it out on Amazon Audible or even request your local library get it for you via the Overdrive or Libby apps!) I’m returning to my experiments with Regency era cookery. I’m… more goodness …

Austen Audiobooks – a FREE short read (listen!)

Austen Audiobooks – a FREE short read (listen!)

Taking a break from Regency recipes this month, I want to pick the brains of the readers of this blog who enjoy audiobooks. Now, audiobooks are something I’ve never been able to get to grips with. I’m a speed reader and the delivery speed of audiobooks is too slow for me even on double speed;… more goodness …

The Old Cookbook Experiment, Part 1

The Old Cookbook Experiment, Part 1

So if you read my post last month, I was talking about checking out some old cookbooks and saying that I planned to give some of the less alarming recipes a try (no sheep’s heads or calves’ feet, thank you!). I started with this recipe from Margaret Dods’ The Cook and Housewife’s Manual (1826)  and… more goodness …

The Mistress of the House, OR: What Lizzy Did At Pemberley

The Mistress of the House, OR: What Lizzy Did At Pemberley

What Elizabeth Bennet’s life would have been like once she became Mrs. Darcy of Pemberley is the subject of a good many Austen variations out there, and it’s been something I’ve been considering recently as I work on Anne de Bourgh’s Diary, a story which commences on the day of Elizabeth and Darcy’s wedding. Though… more goodness …

People of Colour in the Time of Austen

People of Colour in the Time of Austen

Last week, Twitter blew up rather when some more casting for the Bridgerton series was announced and – shock, horror! – not all of the actors were white. For those of you who don’t know about the Bridgerton series, it’s a TV series based on the Bridgerton novels by Julia Quinn. Produced by Shonda Rhimes,… more goodness …

The Jewellery of the Georgian Era (and earlier!)

The Jewellery of the Georgian Era (and earlier!)

Not a lot of people from the ‘writerly’ side of my life know this about me, but I’m also a passionate hobby jeweller and silversmith. Antique jewellery, particularly chain maille and other ancient chain techniques, is something I enjoy replicating for my dedicated clientele, to the point where almost all my work is by commission only!… more goodness …