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§      Denotes content present in the first edition, and excised from the revised and updated edition.
‡      Denotes new content in the revised and updated edition.

Table of Contents

PART ONE: Synopses

Dragonfly in Amber
Drums of Autumn

PART TWO: Characters

Where Characters Come From: Mushrooms, Onions, and Hard Nuts
Cast of Characters
I Get Letters...
Horoscope Reading for James Fraser, Horoscope Chart
Horoscope Reading for Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser, Horoscope Chart
Magic, Medicine, and White Ladies

PART THREE: Family Trees

A Genealogical Note

PART FOUR: Comprehensive Glossary and Pronunciation Guide

A Very Brief Guide to Gaelic Grammar
Comprehensive Glossary of Foreign Terms (including British slang)

§ PART FIVE: Outlandish Web Sites and Online Venues[1]

The Web Sites
The Diana Gabaldon Home Page
LOL–The Ladies (and Lads) of Lallybroch
Through the Stones
The Outlandish Time Line
Clan Outlandish on AOL
The Free Gallery of Authors' Voices
CompuServe Readers and Writers Ink Group

PART SIX: Research

Researching Historical Fiction: Hot Dogs and Beans
‡ Online Research
Botanical Medicine: Don't Try This at Home
Penicillin Online: A Writer's Thread

PART SEVEN: Where Titles Come From (and Other Matters of General Interest)

Outlander vs. Cross Stitch
‡ The Cannibal's Art[2]
‡ Writing and Real Life[2]
‡ Book touring for Beginners
‡ A Brief Disquisition on the Existence of Butt Cooties
‡ The Shape of Things
The Gabaldon Theory of Time Travel

PART EIGHT: The View from Lallybroch: Objects of Vertue, Objects of Use

"Arma virumque cano"

PART NINE: Frequently Asked Questions


PART TEN: Controversy

‡ Jamie and the Rule of Three

§ PART ELEVEN: Work in Progress: Excerpts of Future Books

§ The Fiery Cross
§ King, Farewell: "Surgeon's Steel"
The Cannibal's Art[3]
Writing and Real Life[3]

‡ From Book to Screen[4]

Introduction, or "Bring Me the Head of Ron. D. Moore."
But How on Earth Did We Get Here?
Actors and Magic
My Brief Career as a TV Actor, Part 1
My Brief Career as a TV Actor, Part 2
Film Commentary: Adaptation, Logistics, and Testicles
Interview for the Unabridged German Edition of Outlander
Is It Like You Thought It Would Be?

‡ Maps

‡ Photo Insert

Annotated Bibliography

Eighteenth Century
Medicine (Including all Herbals)
African Cultures
Ghosts and Ghost Stories
Language Resources
Natural History Guides and Resources
North Carolina
Native American Cultures and History, Etc.
Rather Odd Books


I: Errata
II: Gaelic (Gaidhlig) Resources
III: Poems and Quotations
IV: Roots: A Brief Primer on Genealogical Research
V: A Brief Discography of Celtic Music
VI: Foreign Editions, Audiotapes, and Strange, Strange Covers
VII: The Methadone List


  1. The absence of this section in the revised and updated edition causes a shift in the number of each part, e.g. "Research" becomes Part 5, "Where Titles Come From" becomes Part 6, etc.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Previously included in the "Work in Progress" section of the first edition.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Relocated to "Where Titles Come From" section in revised and updated edition.
  4. Part Ten in the revised and updated edition.