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Virgins : An Outlander Short Story - Diana Gabaldon


An Outlander Short Story

Hardcover Published: 14th November 2016
ISBN: 9781780896618
Number Of Pages: 256

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Find out what happened before Jamie met Claire in this brilliant new Outlander short story.

Featuring all the trademark suspense, adventure, and history of Diana Gabaldon’s international bestselling novels, Virgins is now available for the first time as a standalone book.

1740: Young Jamie Fraser has left Scotland and, with his best friend Ian Murray, is running with a band of mercenaries in France.

Both men have good reason not to go back to their homeland: both are nursing wounds, and despite their best efforts to remedy the situation, both are still virgins.

So when a Jewish doctor hires them to escort his granddaughter to Paris, they readily agree. Both men are instantly drawn to the beautiful young lady.

What neither know is that their lives and their friendships are about to become infinitely more complicated - and a lot more dangerous ...

I felt quite ripped off!


I was very disappointed to find this very small book had only half of the pages telling me a new story then a repeat of the first chapter of Outlander which I had already read several times and have my own copy.



Good background to the characters, but only half a book


I wasn't aware that this was only a few chapters with some background stories. Once the Outlander book chapters were introduced and repeated, I wasn't impressed. Especially as this was a hard-back purchase - I don't think it was value for money. I am a fan of the author and cannot wait to get through the other books in the series but this one left me wanting. Effectively this purchase was based purely on the author and the details on the back cover blurb, not on other reader's reviews, which is why the value of reviews is important. I would suggest that readers borrow rather than buy this particular book.

Adelaide, South Australia


Outlander Fan


The book Virgins is only half the book the other half is rehashing Outlander a bit disappointed.

Melbourne Vic


I would buy anthing written by this author.


I have read and reread all of the Outlander series and enjoy them each and every time. Nice to have some background stories on Jamie.



While we wait for Outlander book 9


I am slowly building up my Outlander collection. Virgins fills in some gaps in the bigger books because this period in the lives of best friends Ian Murray & Jamie Fraser gets a few mentions from time to time

Queensland Australia


Disappointed that half the book is Outlander


I love Diana Gabaldon and can't fault the Outlander big books so was excited to read this. The story itself is good, although no where near as good as the main novels. I was pretty disappointed though when I got half way through and realised the last half of the books is the beginning of Outlander. Felt quite ripped off after paying for a hard cover novel and half of it is a book I already have & have read multiple times



Virgins - a new beginning


Thoroughly engaging story bringing background information on Jamie's early life to the fore. It gives an insight into what made the Jamie we come to know in Outlander the person he became. Worthwhile read.

Brisbane, Australia


Loved it but thought it was a new novel. Was only a novella


Quick read.




3.5 8


ISBN: 9781780896618
ISBN-10: 1780896611
Series: Outlander
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 14th November 2016
Publisher: Cornerstone
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.2 x 13.8  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.27

Diana Gabaldon

About the Author

Diana Gabaldon is the author of the award-winning, #1 NYT-Bestselling Outlander novels, described by Salon magazine as the smartest historical sci-fi adventure-romance story ever written by a science Ph.D. with a background in scripting Scrooge McDuck comics.

The adventure began in 1991 with the classic Outlander (historical fiction with a Moebius twist), has continued through seven more New York Times-bestselling novels, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes , An Echo in the Bone, and Written in My Own Heart's Blood, with more than twenty-six million copies in print worldwide. 

The series is published in 26 countries and 23 languages, and includes a nonfiction (well, relatively) companion volume, The Outlandish Companion, which provides details on the settings, background, characters, research, and writing of the first novels in the series. Gabaldon (it's pronounced GAA-bull-dohn, rhymes with stone) has also written several books in a sub-series featuring Lord John Grey (a major minor character from the main series):  Lord John and The Private Matter, Lord John and the Hand of Devils, Lord John And The Brotherhood Of The Blade, and The Scottish Prisoner.

Returning to her comic-book roots, she has also written a graphic novel titled The Exile (set within the Outlander universe and featuring the main characters from Outlander), but told from the viewpoint of Jamie Fraser and his godfather, Murtagh. The graphic novel is illustrated by Hoang Nguyen, and published by Del-Rey.

The eighth and most recent major novel in the  Outlander series, Written in My Own Heart's Blood, made its debut as number one on the New York Times bestseller list. 

Diana's current writing projects include the ninth major novel in the Outlander series, as yet untitled, and a second volume of The Outlandish Companion. She is also serving as a co-producer and advisor for the Outlander TV series produced by the Starz network and Tall Ship Productions, which is based on her novels.

Diana and her husband, Douglas Watkins, have three adult children and live mostly in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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