(where we have contact with the Author)
She went to live in the Hebrides before the
Second World War and stayed for nearly twenty years. Her hilarious
initiation into crofting life is captured in the heart-warming book The
Hills Is Lonely. She acquired her own cottage, and living and working
on her own croft gave rise to her series of magical Hebridean books such
as The Sea for Breakfast.
Known for her deft characterization and relentless devotion to detail,
Diana Gabaldon's highly touted Outlander series follows Claire Beauchamp
Randall Fraser and Jamie Fraser through their time-traveling adventures.
Traversing such notable locales as the heathered highlands of 18th-century
Scotland, Claire and Jamie find love amidst kilt-clad warriors in
Outlander and continue their relationship well into the 20th century,
thanks to the time-travel tilt.
Best known for his historical novels on mainly Scottish subjects, he
has also written in other areas such as novels of the American West, as
well as on Scottish Architecture where he produced the definitive 5 volume
Fortified House in Scotland. A tremendously prolific author, he wrote over
And what a magnificent recounter he was--but always, if possible, with
good food and drink. On his extraordinary travels, even in old age, he
carried a tube of anchovy paste, a flask of vodka and four small silver
cups. "At a pinch," he would tell friends, "you can always
find a piece of dry bread to put some anchovy paste on, and if you have
three or four noggins of vodka you have a party straight away--which is
good for morale."
An excellent historical writer where we profile some of his books and
Alastair's Science Fiction and Fantasy Page
As a counter to all the history I read in my daily working life I
read Science Fiction & Fantasy for relaxation. Here I am listing a few
of my favourite authors.
A little known Sci-Fi writer that I came across in Canada and in my
opinion deserves much greater recognition.