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The Outlandish Companion (1999)


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The original version of the OUTLANDISH COMPANION, published in 1999, served as the first guide to the bestselling OUTLANDER series, and gave readers insight into the background, cultural and historic details, and other fascinating information that Diana Gabaldon researched and developed for the first four major novels:


This webpage provides details on the first version of the OUTLANDISH COMPANION, published in 1999, which is now also referred to as Volume I. See the section titled "Publisher’s Description" for more details and a listing of the COMPANION’s contents.

A New Revision In 2015!

As time has passed, Diana has compiled additional material to add to the original OUTLANDISH COMPANION, and some information in the original guide has become a wee bit outdated. So a new, revised and updated version of THE OUTLANDISH COMPANION, Volume I by Diana Gabaldon was released on Tuesday, March 31, 2015. It also concentrates on the first four major OUTLANDER novels. More information on the revised and updated version.

A Second Volume Is Coming!

What about a reader’s guide for the other books? As well as updating Volume I, Diana has been working for several years on a new guide to the OUTLANDER novels that were published after 1999. THE OUTLANDISH COMPANION, Volume II, will contain exciting new background information, cultural facts, and other great features about the latter four OUTLANDER series novels. The publication date for Volume II has not been released yet, but may be later this year (2015). Click here for more information about Volume II.

Original Publisher’s Description (From 1999)

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

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.


Note that the U.K. edition of this book (from 1999) is titled THROUGH THE STONES.

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