Cross Stitch: (Outlander 1)

Cross Stitch: (Outlander 1)

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By (author) Diana Gabaldon


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  • Publisher: ARROW BOOKS LTD
  • Format: Paperback | 880 pages
  • Dimensions: 110mm x 178mm x 40mm | 420g
  • Publication date: 4 March 2002
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099911701
  • ISBN 13: 9780099911708
  • Sales rank: 285

Product description

CLAIRE RANDALL IS LEADING A DOUBLE LIFE. SHE HAS A HUSBAND IN ONE CENTURY - AND A LOVER IN ANOTHER...In 1945, Claire Randall is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon in Scotland. Innocently she walks through a stone circle in the Highlands, and finds herself in a violent skirmish taking place in 1743. Suddenly she is a Sassenach, an outlander, in a country torn by war and by clan feuds. A wartime nurse, Claire can deal with the bloody wounds that face her. But it is harder to deal with the knowledge that she is in Jacobite Scotland and the carnage of Culloden is looming. Marooned amid the passion and violence, the superstition, the shifting allegiances and the fervent loyalties, Claire is in danger from Jacobites and Redcoats - and from the shock of her own desire for James Fraser, a gallant and courageous young Scots warrior. Jamie shows her a passion so fierce and a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire, and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

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Author information

DIANA GABALDON is the author of the international bestselling Outlander novels, which have recently been turned into a television drama by Sony Pictures. Released by Starz in the US in 2014, Season One (based on the first book in the series Outlander (previously published as Cross Stitch) is being hailed as the new Game of Thrones, and surpassed 5 million viewers in its first week, setting multiplatform viewing records in the process. After just one episode, the series was renewed for a second season (based on the second book in the series, Dragonfly in Amber). The films are hits in Australia too, and a UK broadcaster will be confirmed soon. Diana is also the author of the Lord John Grey novels, and lives with her husband and dogs in Scottsdale, Arizona. To find out more visit

Customer reviews

By Eve Watson 19 May 2013 5

If you take the step to read this book be prepared to abandon all housework for the next few months. Once you enter the world of Claire and Jamie and Diana Gabaldon's wonderful world you will be addicted and will want to read every word written in this wonderful series of books. Enjoy, be absorbed, and fall a little bit in love with a tall red headded Scot xx

By Beca 15 Feb 2012 5

Cross stitch is the first in an absolute brilliant series of historical fiction! These books will make you feel as though you are there walking the walk with these characters! I have read this series 3 times over the last 10 years and know that I will one day pick them up again!
Warning though, once you start reading they are so hard to put down!

By David and Kate Cook 13 Nov 2010 5

I had never heard of this series prior to the middle of 2010 but once I discovered the first book I was hooked. I'd purchased all of the series before finishing the first book...I was that sure I would like them all and now I'm almost finished number 4, Drums of Autumn. A great saga and though I'm not usually a romance reader, I found the historical side of it more than enough to keep me interested.

By Elizabeth Goodman 19 Oct 2010 4

Well here it is 2010 and I have just started the series from Diana Gabaldon.
A fantastic story of love and life with two very different men in two different worlds.
A great read. Try it.

By Penny Cunningham 19 Jun 2010 5

I absolutly LOVED this book and can't rate it highly enough. Its about Claire a woman that "stumbles" across some standing stones in the Scotland of 1945, which take her back in time to Scotland of 1743. It's the story of her adventures with Jamie a young Scot who she is "forced" to marry. It is extremely well written and I defy anyone who picks it up to say they haven'y enjoyed it!! There are a further 5 books about Jamie and Claire and a new one due out this October (2009). And I cant wait!!!!
This series of books has to be my number one favourite of all time!

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"Stunning" Los Angeles Daily News "Unusual and compelling" Library Journal "'Scotland's answer to Game of Thrones'" The Herald