Austen for Beginners

Sequels and rewrites

Published books


There are a vast number of modern authors who have attempted to write sequels to Jane Austen's books, or to retell her stories in the modern world. Some of these are considerably better than others, of course, and many Austen fans who are regular visitors to Austen fanfiction sites would argue that many of the stories you find there are better than the published ones. Indeed, there is a small but growing band of authors who started off writing their stories on Austen fanfiction sites and have gone on to have them published as books.

As with the unpublished fanfiction, most of these books are related to Pride and Prejudice, but there are a few honorable exceptions to this with Emma and Persuasion both making an appearance. For the non-Pride and Prejudice books, I've noted which book they are derived from. I have divided them into Regency and Modern, with sections for each novel on which the stories are based.

It would be impossible to list every published sequel or modern rewrite here - do a search for "jane austen sequel" on Amazon or any other online bookstore and you'll see what I mean. So here is my highly personal and probably biased selection of what I consider the best of the bunch. If I've missed out your favourite, let me know here!

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The first published sequel to any of Jane Austen's novels came out in 1913. It was called 'Old Friends and New Fancies' and was written by Sybil G. Brinton.  It has been rereleased and includes characters from Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Park and others. Don't miss it!

Regency (i.e. books set in the same period as the original novel)

I. Based on Pride and Prejudice

The Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman series by Pamela Aidan 

An Assembly Such As This (Book 1)   

Duty and Desire (Book 2)    

These Three Remain (Book 3)

The Last Man in the World by Abigail Reynolds

Without Reserve by Abigail Reynolds

From Lambton to Longbourn by Abigail Reynolds

By Force of Instinct by Abigail Reynolds

Impulse and Initiative by Abigail Reynolds


Mr Darcy's Diary
by Amanda Grange

Mr Darcy Takes A Wife by Linda Berdoll

Darcy's Story by Janet Aylmer

Mr Darcy Presents His Bride
by Helen Halstead

The Confession of Fitzwilliam Darcy by Mary Street

Pemberley's Promise by Kara Louise

Conviction by Skylar Hamilton Burris

Excessively Diverted by Juliette Shapiro

Letters From Pemberley - The First Year by Jane Dawkins

Pemberley Manor by Kathryn L Nelson

The Darcys Give A Ball by Elizabeth Newark (formerly titled 'Consequences')
Lydia Bennet's Story by Jane Odiwe

Pemberley Chronicles (volume 1)  by Rebecca Ann Collins

Women of Pemberley (Pemberley Chronicles volume 2) by Rebecca Ann Collins

Netherfield Park Revisited (Pemberley Chronicles volume 3) by Rebecca Ann Collins


The Ladies of Longbourn (Pemberley Chronicles volume 4) by Rebecca Ann Collins


Mr Darcy's Daughter (Pemberley Chronicles volume 5) by Rebecca Ann Collins


The Darcys and the Bingleys by Marsha Altman


Two Shall Become One by Sharon Lathan


Remembrance of the Past by Lory Lilian
II. Based on Emma

Mr Knightley's Diary
by Amanda Grange  

Emma and Knightley by Rachel Billington

III. Based on Persuasion

Captain Wentworth's Diary
by Amanda Grange 

None But You by Susan Kaye  

IV. Based on other works

A Completion of Sanditon, Jane Austen's Unfinished Novel by Juliette Shapiro

The Watsons and Emma Watson - completion and sequel by Joan Aitken

Mostly based on Pride and Prejudice, but some others too.

Drive and Determination by Kara Louise

Pemberley By The Sea by Abigail Reynolds (not really fanfiction as such, but inspired by and including plotlines from P&P)

The Eyes Of A Man by Dawn Roberts (originally a piece of P&P fanfiction, now published with the names of the characters changed)

Vanity and Vexation by Kate Fenton

Me and Mr Darcy by Alexandra Potter (again, not really fan fiction but a story based on a modern character's encounter with Mr Darcy)


A Modern Day Persuasion by Kaitlin Saunders


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Austen for Beginners   Pride and Prejudice   Sense and Sensibility   Emma   Mansfield Park   Northanger Abbey   Persuasion