Catherine Bilson

Catherine Bilson . . . Grew up in North Wales in a house for which the foundations were originally laid in the 14th-century, so her interest in history was probably inevitable, but she despised the 20th-century geopolitics which passed for history at school. Instead, she devoured every historical novel she could lay her hands on, and found her greatest joy in the clever social commentary and witty repartee of Jane Austen.

When she moved to Stevenage in Hertfordshire for work in the late 1990s, she could not help but imagine Old Town Stevenage as Meryton, and the nearby Knebworth House as Netherfield.

Catherine married an Australian and moved to Queensland in 2001, far from the history she had grown up with, and it was then she started to write. The Best Of Relations, her first Austen tribute work, was published in 2015.

A Longbourn Quartet: An Austenesque Short Story Collection
Four short stories set in the beloved world of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice which explore missing scenes and paths not taken in the original story.

A Slip and a Trip
This little Mis-step takes place at the dance at Lucas Lodge, at which Elizabeth declines Darcy’s offer of a dance. Though in canon, Jane and Bingley aren’t mentioned as even being present, they must surely have been there.

The Darcy Inquisition
The Scene: Darcy’s house in London, a week post-Hunsford. Darcy has lapsed into despair; Georgiana, fearing for him, has called for her cousin Colonel Fitzwilliam to help. They intend to interrogate Darcy to find out what is wrong, but somehow things go slightly awry.
Based on selected nuggets from the wonderful Monty Python sketches of The Spanish Inquisition. Incidentally, did you know that one of Jane Austen’s suggestions for Colonel Fitzwilliam’s first name was Montgomery? That discovery inspired this whole ficlet. . .

Mr. Bennet’s Call
This is my imagining of a scene omitted from P&P: in the original work, we discover that Mr Bennet paid a call upon Bingley when he teases Mrs Bennet about not being able to escape the acquaintance. I found myself wondering, what was said in that call?

The Exception That Proves The Rule
You know the rule. Eavesdroppers rarely hear good of themselves. So, this is a what-if one-shot that is intended to be the exception to that rule.
Our little tale begins at Netherfield, while Elizabeth is there nursing Jane. Elizabeth comes downstairs to dispatch the letter to her mother, requesting that the carriage be sent to collect them. Of course, she must ask Mr Bingley for the use of a rider to convey the message to Longbourn, and so she goes looking for him.
A Christmas Miracle At Longbourn: A Pride and Prejudice Variation (The Darcy And Lizzy Miracles Book 1)
When Georgiana Darcy runs away from home to search for George Wickham, her brother sets off in hot pursuit. Finding her in the company of Elizabeth Bennet confounds Darcy completely; surely Elizabeth could not be in league with Wickham?

Trapped at Longbourn when Georgiana falls ill, Elizabeth and Darcy must resolve their differences and get to the truth. But forcing them to set aside their pride and prejudices might just take a miracle…
Mr Bingley's Bride
I’ve always liked Jane Bennet. She bore her misery with fortitude and grace, she spoke no ill of anyone, even those who most certainly did her wrong. She’s always been seen as the quiet, boring one, and in my opinion sadly neglected by English teachers and victimised at the pen of fanfic writers. But she was no fool, and I’d like to think that Charles Bingley discovered he’d married a woman with hidden depths.

This story explores how Mrs Jane Bingley’s marriage might have begun. It contains material of an adult nature and is not suitable for readers under 18 years of age.
The Best Of Relations: A Pride And Prejudice Variation
What if… Aunt Gardiner, who after all hailed from Lambton, was well acquainted with the Darcy family, and knew of Wickham’s misdemeanours? How would the story have been different?

This tale begins with an exchange of letters between Elizabeth Bennet and her favourite aunt, discussing the happenings in Hertfordshire as the Bennet family become acquainted with their new neighbours, the Bingleys and their house guest Mr Darcy.
Infamous Relations: A Pride And Prejudice What If? Tale
What if… Mr Collins had been even more despicable than in Jane Austen’s original tale?

Would such an infamous relation destroy Elizabeth and Darcy’s chance of happiness forever, or would his actions set in motion an entirely different sequence of events?

~ Other Novels by Catherine Bilson, some as Caitlyn Lynch ~