608 pages, 9.6 × 7.36 × 1.81 in
June 29, 1999
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0385257392
ISBN - 13: 9780385257398
Read from the Book
I had told Perry when I gave him the book that there seemed to be more to this story, but I thought that perhaps I should stop while I could still lift the manuscript. Being a good agent, Perry emerged with a three-book contract. After that . . . well, after that, things got out of hand, and here we are, eight years later.So where are we, exactly? As I said above, I don't write with an outline -- if I knew what was going to happen, it wouldn't be any fun to write the book, now, would it? However, as I go along, merrily gluing pieces together, I do sometimes get a vague idea as to some events that may take place in the story. So, as I finished Cross Stitch (my working title for what later became Outlander),13 I could see that there was more to the story.With a three-book contract in hand, I started in on the second book, Dragonfly in Amber. A little over halfway through, though, I began to get this uneasy feeling that perhaps I wouldn't be able to cram the entire American Revolution into one more book, and there would have to be four volumes. I confided this fear to Perry, who said, "Don't tell them that. Not until the first one is on the shelves, anyway."Fortunately, by the time we decided to reveal the Awful Truth, the first books had come out and sold decency, and the publisher was happy to make us an offer for the fourth (and presumably final) book in the series. Feeling that this was perhaps the only chance I might get to induce someone to pay me to write a mystery, I got
From the Publisher
New York Times bestselling author Diana Gabaldon has captured the hearts of millions with her critically acclaimed novels, Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, and Drums of Autumn. From the moment Claire Randall accidentally steps through a magical stone that transports her back in time more than 200 years to 1743, and into the arms of Scottish soldier Jamie Fraser, readers have been enthralled with this epic saga of time travel, adventure, and love everlasting.
Now Diana Gabaldon has written the ultimate companion guide to her bestselling series, the book only she could write -- a beautifully illustrated compendium of all things Outlandish. As a special bonus for those who are eagerly awaiting the next appearance of Jamie and Claire, she includes never-before-published excerpts from upcoming works in the series. And there's lots more in this lavish keepsake volume for the many devoted fans who yearn to learn the stories behind the stories:
¸ Full synopses of Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, and Drums of Autumn
¸ A complete listing of the characters in all four novels, including extensively researched family trees and genealogical notes
¸ Professionally cast horoscopes for Jamie and Claire
¸ A comprehensive glossary and pronunciation guide to Gaelic terms and usage
¸ The fully explicated Gabaldon Theory of Time Travel
¸ Frequently asked questions to the author and her (sometimes surprising) answers
¸ An annotated bibliography
¸ Tips, personal stories -- even a recipe or two!
¸ Essays about medicine and magic in the eighteenth century, researching historical fiction, and more
About the Author
Diana Gabaldon is the New York Times bestselling author of four previous novels – Outlander (which has been optioned for a television mini-series), Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, and Drums of Autumn – and one work of non fiction, The Outlandish Companion. She lives with her family in Scottsdale, Arizona.
From Our Editors
Like J.R.R. Tolkien's books, Diana Gabaldon's magical Outlander series guides you to a land with characters that have won the hearts of so many readers. The Outlandish Companion is the author's lovingly written guide to the Gaelic terms, genealogical facts, essays on botany and even character horoscopes that enrich the reader's appreciation of the historical series. Anyone who enjoyed Drums of Autumn and Dragonfly in Amber will appreciate the marine biologist and best-selling author's meticulous attention to detail in describing the minute aspects of her magical world.
With the insight, humor, and eye for detail that has made her novels such an outstanding success story, Diana Gabaldon here gives her readers the best gift of all -- The Outlandish Companion.