Outlander (Book 1)

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'Scotland's answer to Game of Thrones' HERALD


What if your future lay in the past?

1946, and Claire Randall goes to the Scottish Highlands with her husband Frank. It's a second honeymoon, a chance to re-establish their loving marriage. But one afternoon, Claire walks through a circle of standing stones and vanishes into 1743, where the first person she meets is a British army officer - her husband's six-times great-grandfather.

Unfortunately, Black Jack Randall is not the man his descendant is, and while trying to escape him, Claire falls into the hands of a gang of Scottish outlaws, and finds herself a Sassenach - an outlander - in danger from both Jacobites and Redcoats.

Marooned amid danger, passion and violence, her only chance of safety lies in Jamie Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior. What begins in compulsion becomes urgent need, and Claire finds herself torn between two very different men, in two irreconcilable lives.

With more than 20,000 5-star ratings on Amazon and 25 million copies sold worldwide, OUTLANDER is among the most popular book series of all time. Begin your journey into the Highland past here...

(Previously published as Cross Stitch)


It wasn’t a very likely place for disappearances, at least at first glance. Mrs. Baird’s was like a thousand other Highland bed-and-breakfast establishments in 1945; clean and quiet, with fading flora...

About the Author:

DIANA GABALDON is the author of the international bestselling Outlander novels and Lord John Grey series. She says that the Outlander series started by accident: 'I decided to write a novel for practice in order to learn what it took to write a novel, and to decide whether I really wanted to do it for real. I did - and here we all are trying to decide what to call books that nobody can describe, but that fortunately most people seem to enjoy.' And enjoy them they do - in their millions, all over the world. Published in 42 countries and 38 languages, in 2014 the Outlander novels were made into an acclaimed TV series starring Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser and Caitriona Balfe as Claire. The series has now been renewed for a fifth and sixth season. Diana lives with her husband and dogs in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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Vera Bell
historical romance, time travel romance, historical fiction...More

A classic time-travel historical novel worth reading and re-reading! A perfect escape with multi-dimensional characters, brilliant plot, and incredible historical detail that will pull you in and stay with you forever. A beautifully written book that's impossible to put down. Outlander will forever hold a very special place in my heart. A true labor of love.

4/20/2023 9:03:23 PM
murder mystery, historical romance, whodunnit...More

Gabaldon writes in the first person for Claire and uses many historical references to actual events, which I found fascinating, being a fan of the genre. The writing is descriptive and compelling - often starting with the end scenario and then going back over the details that led to the event. It's passionate, original, and engaging. It leaves you wanting more, and even after reading the 800-odd pages, I had not had enough. I havn't seen the show but I might look into it now.

1/25/2023 7:12:00 AM

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