Antonia Forest fanfiction: a reader's guide
Posted on February 13, 2015
I won’t say too much about Antonia Forest here, as that’s a whole ’nother blog. But I’ve mentioned her on Twitter a few times, in response to questions about best books, most reread books, underestimated books, comfort books…
This week, I tweeted I’d found a new Antonia Forest fanfic. And a reply, by @PP_Rubens, asked ‘Why is there not a Readers Guide to AF fanfic somewhere?’
Why not indeed, I thought, and thus. I’m a fanfic fan in general, but the fanfic from Antonia Forest fans is, not to sound too much like Unity Logan, rather exceptional. Thanks to all who’ve taken the time to write fics; for those who like to read it, here’s where to find it.
Some of these will cross over with others, for example some of the fics posted on Archive of Our Own have also been posted on Trennels as Yuletide challenges, and some will cross genres, for example Future lives and Short fic.
Where a fic might fit in a couple of categories, I've used the word length to make the final decision: e.g., Esther's Term and New Term (as full-length works) are included here in 'Straightforward and Spin-offs' rather than in 'Supporting Characters' (as the latter might indicate a shorter piece to those looking for novels or novellas).
I’ve categorised as many fics as possible, including some of the very short fics, which are also included in their original thread under 'Drabbles and Yuletide fic' below. I’ve linked separately where poss, including the short and Drabble stories, apart from where the original LiveJournal account was deleted.
I’ve also included word counts; omitted when not available.
[**NEW**March 2015: ETA! Can't believe I forgot the LOLCATs. Probably not fanfic in the strictest sense, but included for weep-inducing hilarity.
Also ETA March 2015: I'll update with new fics when I see them; they're below with a double asterisk, date and 'NEW' Please do drop me a line in the comments or at laura at lauracanning dot net if you have a fic I've missed or have written one you'd like added here. Ta.
ALSO ETA April 2015: I've decided to italicise titles that are novel or novella length, for the ease of those looking for longer fics.]
Drabbles, Yuletide and short fic
(I've defined 'short fic' as under a few hundred or so words; other short pieces of 250(ish) words or more are under the relevant categories below. Some short pieces, such as 'Exhausted Soil' below (315 words), have been categorised elsewhere when another category seems more relevant, in this case Crossovers.)
Where Giles was going in Port Wade (250 words).
Home is the Sailor (100 words): Peter and Fob.
Mythopoeia (94 words): The Dodd children read a certain book.
**NEW** September 2015: The Concert Party (109 words): Fob, Edwin and Karen discuss the village concert.
Straightforward and spin-offs
Term of Duty (30277 words): Nicola and Lawrie in the Sixth.
Netball and Cricket: extra scene from Term of Duty.
Appointments and Disappointments (3321 words): “I expect it’ll be Pippin. You’d like to be head girl, wouldn’t you, Pippin?” / “Yes, I would,” said Pomona stolidly. “And when I am you’ll have to call me Pomona always.”
Last Term (500 words): Miranda and Pippin after Lawrie and Tim’s final Kingscote play.
In Her Element (1572 words): Ann starts in the Upper Sixth.
Spring Term [link to novel for sale]: full-length novel by Sally Hayward, published by Girls Gone By.
A Flutter in the Dovecote (323 words): Patrick and Jukie, The Thuggery Affair.
[untitled]: the train on End of Term, from Esther’s point of view.
Shattering Thoughts (6126 words): seven perspectives of The Tempest from The Cricket Term.
Sugar (9915 words): The Marlows’ and Merricks' eighteenth century past.
**NEW** March 2015: Esther's Term: full-length novel from Esther's POV. With thanks to the author for help in archiving this and New Term, below.
**NEW** March 2015: New Term: full-length novel on Rowan in IIIA; how the Rowan and Lois feud started.
**NEW** March 2015: A Book Once Begun (500 words): Nicola starts a new book and isn't sure she likes it.
**NEW** August 2015: Re-enactment Types (2775 words): Nicola borrows Lawrie's new camera - with frightening results.
**NEW** August 2015: Pesach (3062 words): Miranda's Passover.
One Woman’s Disaster (400 words): Miranda’s thoughts on giving Nicola the ‘coughing bear’ dress.
Nicola and Lawrie Divided (2947 words): Nicola in IIIA, while Lawrie recovers at Trennels from the broken leg sustained in The Marlows and the Traitor.
Rowan’s Winter (7959 words): Rowan at Trennels following Run Away Home.
Nelson’s Thread (3494 words): on the type of simpering child making guiles at the grownups that Tim is scathing about in Autumn Term.
Bravely, My Diligence (3665 words): on The Cricket Term.
**NEW** March 2015: Holiday Snaps: a novella from the perspectives of various Marlows. Continuing on from Esther's Term, by the same author.
**NEW** August 2015: An Unstrange Shape (1477 words): Miss Cromwell and Nicola's conversation at the end of The Cricket Term.
The Voyage (full-length novel): Nicola sailing round the world single-handed as per her stated ambition in The Cricket Term; also Nicola/Patrick.
Homecoming (4575 words): Nicola at The Shop.
Links to the Past (2131 words): Miranda and Jan meet after Kingscote.
Partnership (1082 words): Nicola and Patrick reminisce.
Auld Lang Syne (1438 words): A future Twelfth Night party at the Merricks'.
End of Summer (1820 words): ‘Nicola and Patrick spend a quiet afternoon at the end of summer.’
...or What You Will (2739 words): Another future Twelfth Night party, from Ginty’s POV.
False Advertising: ‘Some sort of comeuppance for Tim.’
Lawrie’s Wedding (1836 words).
**NEW** March 2015: Firechick: A supporting character from The Thuggery Affair in later life.
**NEW** August 2015: Kingscote Old Girls' Association Magazine (650 words): Future lives of Kingscote characters.
**NEW** August 2015: Playing for a Draw (3770 words): Miss Lambert meets Lois Sanger.
**NEW** August 2015: Mrs Patrick (1345 words): 'A short and not necessarily happy take on Nicola and Patrick's married life.'
**NEW** August 2015: An Enormous Surprise to Everyone (1224 words): Fob and a word with Rose.
**NEW** August 2015: Changes (4637 words): Introducing Phil, Jan's 'hairy monster' 'pop band' brother.
**NEW** September 2015: Le garçon aux yeux d'or (1100 words): Ginty has an unexpected encounter in Paris.
Future lives - femslash and slash
Milan, Con Amore (2279 words): Miranda and Jan meet again.
Links to the Past (2131 words): Miranda and Jan.
Sales: Miranda and Jan.
God send euery gentleman (5966 words): Patrick meets Giles, more than once.
Revelations: On Giles’s boyfriend.
**NEW** August 2015: A Fresh Coat Of Paint (2042 words): Esther meets Rowan.
(Particularly Dorothy L Sayers and Lord Peter Wimsey, Mary Renault and The Charioteer, Josephine Tey, the Chalet School stories and Enid Blyton’s Famous Five.)
Dangers Untold, Hardships Unnumbered (29153 words): Lawrie summons the Goblin King in a crossover with the film Labyrinth.
A Wand with Sixteen Strings: Full-length Harry Potter crossover featuring the Marlow twins at Hogwarts. 'We've simply got to be credits to the family. You can't imagine what they'd say if we ended up in Hufflepuff...'
Home From Sea: another Marlow/Potterverse fic from the author of A Wand with Sixteen Strings.
Change Partners and Dance: Nicola and Lawrie at the Hogwarts Yule Ball. '... set in the same universe as A Wand With Sixteen Strings and Home From Sea, though if you haven't read those all you really need to know is that the Marlows are at Hogwarts, Nicola and Lawrie are in Harry's year, and Patrick is a centaur called Patroklos who is living in the Forbidden Forest.'
That Still Centre (2954 words): Jan Scott and Peter Wimsey.
Lois Sanger Disposes (4432 words): following Lois at a College of Physical Training after leaving Kingscote. Crossover with Josephine Tey’s Miss Pym Disposes.
Giles Marlow’s One and Only (14254 words): if Giles were to marry a Chalet School girl, who would it be?
The Marlows at St Mildred’s (19630 words): Nicola and Lawrie at the Chalet School.
Vormarlow's Honour (20151 words): ‘…what might have happened if the Marlows had been born in Lois McMaster Bujold's Nexus.’
Matthew Shardlake’s Black Journal (1610 words): crossover with CJ Sansom’s Matthew Shardlake series.
Now and Then: Ginty considers Trebizon.
Without Reservation (2064 words): Dr Herrick; crossover with David Blaize by EF Benson.
Consistently Homesick (27962 words): the Marlow world crossed with Mary Renault’s The Charioteer.
To Strive, To Seek (4128 words): the Marlows and The Charioteer.
A Little Radio (3209 words): the Marlows and The Charioteer.
The Parting Glass (6882 words): The Marlows and The Charioteer, two Irish Bloody Sundays and a trip to Dublin.
L'allegro (4191 words): The Marlows, The Charioteer and Return to Night.
**NEW** March 2015: Exhausted Soil (315 words): The Marlows and Return to Night.
The Kingscote Term (3435 words): End of Term from Miss Hellier’s point of view.
Going Back (1564 words): Esther dreads returning to school after the events of Attic Term.
The Next Christmas (4499 words): Ann and Patrick talk.
The Interior Life of Meg Hopkins (2056 words): about being a child who doesn’t fit in around the likes of the popular Marlows and caustic Tim.
Super New Insights (963 words): ‘How Claudie came to be a "sort-of au pair" for the Merricks.’
All-Night Sitting (464 words): Another piece on Claudie in pillow talk.
**NEW** August 2015: Mrs Herbert Remembers (6303 words): The Trennels cook looks back.
Alternative universe/AU and gloriously bonkers
P. Todd, Destroyer of Worlds (1031 words): two spies meet in a Soho café.
The Amateurs (700 words): not strictly AU, but included here for the delicious and most un-Ironsides idea of Miss Cromwell discovering fan fiction.
Nicolantha, the Witch (360 words): Nicola’s seventh child of a seventh child.
In tail male (750 words): The Marlows do genderswap.
**NEW** March 2015: Timeslip, Gymslip (378 words): Miss Keith stuck in 1948.
Missing scenes, part II
I’ve been unable to find these stupendous fics I remember; would be Most Grateful if anyone knows where they can be found.
Esther’s Term and New Term, two full-length novels on Esther and on Rowan and Lois. (Update March 2015: found! Added above, under 'Straightforward and spin-offs'.)
Miranda, Jan and Alicia: shamefully, I can’t remember the name of this excellent long novel-length fic, probably one of the first Antonia Forest fanfics I read. Jan is a vet and in a relationship with her partner Alicia, but the Ghost of Miranda hovers over all.
**NEW** March 2015: Pomona Todd, Vampire Slayer [now in comments.]
The short short where Nicola and Miranda kiss on the roof during The Tradition. 'Oke?' 'Oke.'