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Go Tell The Bees That I Am Gone


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GO TELL THE BEES THAT I AM GONE (aka “BEES”) is the ninth book in my OUTLANDER series of novels which focus on Jamie Fraser and Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser. BEES follows WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART’S BLOOD, aka "MOBY," which is the eighth book in my OUTLANDER series.

BEES was first published in hardcover on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 in the U.S.A., Canada, U.K., and Germany. A Spanish-language edition was first released in Spain on Thursday, July 7, 2022. Information on Global Publication Dates.

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The German-language edition is the first version of BEES translated in a language other than English. Barbara Schnell translated BEES from English into German. A Spanish-language edition was released in Spain on July 7, 2022.

Publisher’s Description for BEES

Please note that the description below of GO TELL THE BEES THAT I AM GONE (Book 9) may contain SPOILERS for TV viewers who have not read my books, and for readers who have not read all of the first eight novels already published in my Outlander series!

The author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Outlander series returns with the newest novel in the epic tale.

The past may seem the safest place to be… But it is the most dangerous time to be alive…

Jamie Fraser and Claire Randall were torn apart by the Jacobite Rising in 1746, and it took them twenty years to find each other again. Now the American Revolution threatens to do the same.

It is 1779 and, at last, Claire and Jamie are reunited with their daughter Brianna, her husband Roger and their family, living together on Fraser’s Ridge. Having the family together is a dream the Frasers had thought impossible. And yet…

Even in the North Carolina backcountry, the effects of war are being felt. Tensions in the Colonies are great and local feelings run hot enough to boil Hell’s tea-kettle. Jamie knows loyalties among his tenants are split and it won’t be long until the war is on his doorstep.

Brianna and Roger have their own worry: that the dangers that provoked their escape from the twentieth century might catch up to them. Sometimes they question whether risking the perils of the 1700s—among them disease, starvation, and an impending war—was indeed the safer choice for their family.

Not so far away, young William Ransom is still coming to terms with the discovery of his true father’s identity—and thus his own—and Lord John Grey has reconciliations to make, and dangers to meet, on his son’s behalf, and his own.
Meanwhile, the Revolutionary War creeps ever closer to Fraser’s Ridge.  And with the family finally together, Jamie and Claire have more at stake than ever before.

Information About Creating BEES

Where did the title for this book come from? Talking to your bees is a very old Celtic custom (known in other parts of Europe, too) that made it to the Appalachians. You always tell the bees when someone is born, dies, comes or goes—because if you don’t keep them informed, they’ll fly away.

In March and April, 2019, I released the (probable) chapter titles of GO TELL THE BEES THAT I AM GONE. Click here to view them.

On September 2, 2019, I released a blog titled, “BEES-Workmanship Example,” which discusses how I choose which words to cut during writing and editing this new book.

I finished writing and doing the research for BEES in March, 2021. Until November 23, it went through the publication process.

Excerpts, aka "Daily Lines"

Egyptian-bee-hieroglyphPeriodically I post passages, or excerpts, from this new novel. Excerpts are listed on the right side of this page by temporary titles, to help distinguish one from another. (These temporary titles for excerpts are NOT chapter titles in the book.)

The BEES excerpts are listed on the right of this webpage in order of release, from the oldest at the top of the list down to the newest at the bottom.

About reposting my Daily Lines excerpts, these are copyrighted works. So please do not copy and post them yourself (in whole or in part) on other websites, social media, or printed works. Instead, pass on just the links (URLs) to anyone you think might be interested, and direct them here to my official website. Thanks!

The most recent updates to this webpage were added on Thursday, July 7, 2022, at Noon (Central Daylight Time) by Diana Gabaldon or Diana’s Webmistress.

Note that the revision date and time listed above refers ONLY to this webpage. It does not refer to the additions of—or changes to—excerpts (Daily Lines) listed and accessible at right, which have individual creation and revision dates. Thanks!