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A Chronology of the OUTLANDER series

Chronology of the Outlander series

The Outlander series includes three kinds of stories:

The Big, Enormous Books that have no discernible genre (or all of them);

The Shorter, Less Indescribable Novels that are more or less historical mysteries (though dealing also with battles, eels, and mildly deviant sexual practices);

And

The Bulges—These being short(er) pieces that fit somewhere inside the story lines of the novels, much in the nature of squirming prey swallowed by a large snake. These deal frequently—but not exclusively—with secondary characters, are prequels or sequels, and/or fill some lacuna left in the original story lines.

Now. Most of the shorter novels (so far) fit within a large lacuna left in the middle of VOYAGER, in the years between 1757 and 1761. Some of the Bulges also fall in this period; others don’t.

So, for the reader’s convenience, here is a detailed Chronology, showing the sequence of the various elements in terms of the storyline. _However, it should be noted that the shorter novels and novellas are all designed suchly that they may be read alone_, without reference either to each other or to the Big, Enormous Books—should you be in the mood for a light literary snack instead of the nine-course meal with wine-pairings and dessert trolley.

OUTLANDER (novel)—If you’ve never read any of the series, I’d suggest starting here. If you’re unsure about it, open the book anywhere and read three pages; if you can put it down again, I’ll give you a dollar. (1946/1743)

DRAGONFLY IN AMBER (novel)—It doesn’t start where you think it’s going to. And it doesn’t end how you think it’s going to, either. Just keep reading; it’ll be fine. (1968/1744-46)

VOYAGER (novel)—This won an award from EW magazine for “Best Opening Line.” (To save you having to find a copy just to read the opening, it was: “He was dead. However, his nose throbbed painfully, which he thought odd, in the circumstances.”) If you’re reading the series in order, rather than piecemeal, you do want to read this book before tackling the novellas or the Lord John novels. (1968/1766-67)

LORD JOHN AND THE HAND OF DEVILS/”Lord John and the Hellfire Club” (novella)—Just to add an extra layer of confusion, The Hand of Devils is a collection that includes three novellas. The first one, “Lord John and the Hellfire Club,” is set in London in 1757, and deals with a red-haired man who approaches Lord John Grey with an urgent plea for help, just before dying in front of him. [Originally published in the anthology Past Poisons, ed. Maxim Jakubowski, 1998.]

LORD JOHN AND THE PRIVATE MATTER (novel)—Set in London, in 1758, this is a historical mystery steeped in blood and even less-savory substances, in which Lord John meets (in short order) a valet, a traitor, an apothecary with a sure cure for syphilis, a bumptious German, and an unscrupulous merchant prince.

LORD JOHN AND THE HAND OF DEVILS/”Lord John and the Succubus” (novella)— The second novella in the Hand of Devils collection finds Lord John in Germany in 1758, having unsettling dreams about Jamie Fraser, unsettling encounters with Saxon princesses, night-hags, and a really disturbing encounter with a big, blond Hanoverian graf. [Originally published in the anthology Legends II, ed. Robert Silverberg, 2004.]

LORD JOHN AND THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE BLADE (novel)—The second full-length novel focused on Lord John (but it does include Jamie Fraser) is set in 1759, deals with a twenty-year-old family scandal, and sees Lord John engaged at close range with exploding cannon and even more dangerously explosive emotions.

LORD JOHN AND THE HAND OF DEVILS/”Lord John and the Haunted Soldier” (novella)—The third novella in this collection is set in 1759, in London and the Woolwich Arsenal. In which, Lord John faces a court of inquiry into the explosion of a cannon, and learns that there are more dangerous things in the world than gunpowder.

“The Custom of the Army” (novella)—Set in 1759. In which his lordship attends an electric-eel party in London and ends up at the Battle of Quebec. He’s just the sort of person things like that happen to. [Originally published in Warriors, eds. George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, 2010.]

THE SCOTTISH PRISONER (novel)—This one’s set in 1760, in the Lake District, London, and Ireland. A sort of hybrid novel, it’s divided evenly between Jamie Fraser and Lord John Grey, who are recounting their different perspectives in a tale of politics, corruption, murder, opium dreams, horses, and illegitimate sons.

“Plague of Zombies” (novella)—Set in 1761, in Jamaica, when Lord John is sent in command of a battalion to put down a slave rebellion and discovers a hitherto unsuspected affinity for snakes, cockroaches, and zombies. [Originally published in Down These Strange Streets, eds. George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, 2011.]

DRUMS OF AUTUMN (novel)—This one begins in 1766, in the New World, where Jamie and Claire find a foothold in the mountains of North Carolina, and their daughter, Brianna, finds a whole lot of things she didn’t expect, when a sinister newspaper clipping sends her in search of her parents. (1968-1969/1766-67)

THE FIERY CROSS (novel)—The historical background to this one is the War of the Regulation in North Carolina (1767-1768), which was more or less a dress rehearsal for the oncoming Revolution. In which Jamie Fraser becomes a reluctant Rebel, his wife, Claire, becomes a conjure-woman and runs into a ghost. Something Much Worse happens to Brianna’s husband, Roger, but I’m not telling you what. This won several awards for “Best Last Line,” but I’m not telling you that, either. (Mid-1760s)

A BREATH OF SNOW AND ASHES (novel)—Winner of the 2006 Corine International Prize for Fiction, and a Quill Award (this book beat novels by both George R. R. Martin and Stephen King, which I thought Very Entertaining Indeed). All the books have an internal “shape” that I see while I’m writing them. This one looks like the Hokusai print titled “The Great Wave Off Kanagawa.” Think tsunami—two of them. (Early to mid-1770s/1970-71)

AN ECHO IN THE BONE (novel)—Set in America, London, Canada, and Scotland. The book’s cover image reflects the internal shape of the novel: a caltrop. That’s an ancient military weapon that looks like a child’s jack with sharp points; the Romans used them to deter elephants, and the Highway Patrol still uses them to stop fleeing perps in cars. This book has four major story lines: Jamie and Claire; Roger and Brianna (and family); Lord John and William; and Young Ian, all intersecting in the nexus of the American Revolution—and all of them with sharp points. (1777-1778/1972)

WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART’S BLOOD (novel)—The eighth of the Big Enormous Books, this will probably be published in 2013. It begins where An Echo in the Bone leaves off, in the summer of 1778 (and the autumn of 1973—or possibly 1974, I forget exactly).

“A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows” (short story (no, really, it is))— Set (mostly) in 1941–43, this is the story of What Really Happened to Roger MacKenzie’s parents. [Originally published in the anthology Songs of Love and Death, eds. George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, 2010.]

“The Space Between” (novella)—Set in 1778, mostly in Paris, this novella deals with Michael Murray (Young Ian’s elder brother), Joan MacKimmie (Marsali’s younger sister), the Comte St. Germain (who is Not Dead After All), Mother Hildegarde, and a few other persons of interest. The space between what? It depends who you’re talking to. [To be published in early 2013 in the anthology The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Dominiation, ed. John Joseph Adams.]

“Virgins” (novella)—Set in 1740, in France. In which Jamie Fraser (aged nineteen) and his friend Ian Murray (aged twenty) become young mercenaries. [To be published in late 2012, in the anthology Dangerous Women, eds. George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois.]

NOW REMEMBER . . .

You can read the short novels and novellas by themselves, or in any order you like. I would recommend reading the Big, Enormous Books in order, though.

P.S. There are a couple of other books to note here, though they don’t fit conveniently into the Chronology above:

THE EXILE (graphic novel) – written by me, and illustrated by the delightful artist Hoang Nguyen, this is OUTLANDER from Jamie’s point of view. Since there are lots of things that Claire (the outlander) didn’t see, didn’t understand, or was purposely left out of, this book shows you some of what she missed.

THE OUTLANDISH COMPANION – This is a non-fiction book, supplying background, trivia, commentary and general Stuff on the first four novels of the series. There are detailed synopses (for those who don’t want to re-read the whole series when a new book comes out, but would like to refresh their memories), articles on how I work, do research, develop characters, etc., a detailed bibliography of the main references I used while writing the first four books, a Cast of Characters listing—in case you don’t recall immediately who someone is—a Gaelic pronunciation guide and glossary, appendices on Poetry and Quotations used in the books, and so on. [There is a second COMPANION in the works, this one meant to cover the next four books in the main series, as well as the shorter novels and stories listed above. With luck, this will be out shortly after WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART’S BLOOD is published.]

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  1. Thanks for this lovely chronology. It’ll come in handy when I push…er…suggest someone read THE books. ; )

  2. BEST. SERIES. EVER!!!!!

    Two things:
    1. Has anyone ever taken you up on the dollar challenge??
    2. The 2oth century storyline where Echo ends is in 1980.

    • Yeah, Barbie. I think she may have been a bit tired when she got online. The same thing happens to me sometimes. She’s also mentioned that she thinks the storyline will end around 1800. Well, add 202 years to that, and you get 2002, which means that Brianna and Roger’s grandchildren (if there are any) could conceivably travel through the stones and meet Jamie and Claire. Depending on whether or not it’s by accident, they could arrive at one of their deathbeds, or if they manage to “steer (i.e., think of an exact date maybe?),” they might get a chance to know them. I can think of so many different scenarios involving another generation of Mackenzies, it’s not funny!

      • MaryAnn, I haven’t thought about seeing Brianna and Roger’s grandchildren, but I certainly want to see Jemmy, as well as Germain and the other “current” children in the series, grow into adulthood.

      • I loved the interesting parts that were tied to past and future events in THE OUTLANDER and I think DRAGONFLY IN AMBER. For instance : Jamie’s ghost watching Claire combing her hair in the bed and breakfast, J and C going into the cave and finding two skeletons laying in the position THEY sleep in, and then Claire examining the skeleton of the woman SHE would kill in the cave in Jamaica.
        When I read where they discovered the skeletons in the cave I thought Noooooooooooo! I’m not ready to have them die EVER. LOL
        I have to say this is the BEST series I’ve ever read (several times waiting for the next book!) I had a stroke about three years ago and this series helped me exercise my mind. The seconded time through it was like reading it for the first time. Each time my memory got better.
        I wonder if Roger will encounter is father sometime when traveling through time and grab on to him and bring him through with him???? Just a thought………..Diana’s stories set my imagination going like crazy! Can’t wait for MY OWN HEART’S BLOOD!

        • Cathy
          Try working your way through the series on audiobooks! I, too, have read every one of the novels multiple times (I used to reread them all just before a new one was released.) I spend an hour a day in the car commuting to and from work and a couple of years ago decided to try out the audio versions of my favorite books (can you say “obsession”?) It took 9 months to get through the entire series, but was well worth it. I found all sorts of new things in listening to them. The reader, Davina Porter I believe, is amazing.

          • Cathy,

            You are so right about listening to the audiobook. Davina Porter has to be one of the best narraors that I’ve ever listened to. The books are an emotional roller coaster. During the time that Claire and Jamie are apart leave me with way too much anxiety. I feel like they are real characters – who have lead these amazing and mystifying lives.

    • Barbie,

      Just because Echo ended in 1980, it doesn’t necesarily mean that BLOOD will pick up from there.
      The 1973 or 1974 reference could mean that the 20th century storyline starts with something other than the MacKenzie family’s return.

      Sheila

  3. Cannot wait for WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART’S BLOOD! Still waiting for these books to be a TV series! :-)

    • I hope they never attempt a TV series or even movies out of the Outlander series … The stories would be butchered beyond recognition for the sheer quantity of detail that would be left out. It would be like an abused & maimed animal for which I would surely cry.

    • I can’t wait for the new one!!!

  4. I’m beyond excited waiting for MOBY… And the chrononlogical order makes it easier to wait while I read the spinoffs. I really did like the one on Rogers’s parents.

  5. Diana

    I’ll add my comment to Zan Marie’s. This chronology will be helpful in introducing new readers to your works.

    Jerry

  6. Thank you so much for coming out with this series. You do a fantastic job with your story lines.

  7. Since I had read the shorts novels, the big is even more interesting because one knows more about the secondary characters For Exemple, first time I read AN ECHO IN THE BONE, I haven’t read yet LORD JOHN AND THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE BLADE,. This time, I know what matter between Lord John and Percy Wrenwright (sorry, I’m not sure of the orthograph…) and the book is more intense for me.

    In the same way Lord John was just a secondary characters for me, before I learn to know him better thanks to the shorts novels. Now I’m attached to him in the same way I’m attached to Jamie and Claire (except that he can’t compete with the serious crush I have for Jamie of course !!!!), and I discovered that sex scene between two men can be as arousing as hetero scene. I can’t explain how it works, but it works !

    Thank you Diana for making me discover this about me :-)

  8. I want my dollar.
    (I like Lord John series though)

  9. Thanks for this great chronology! I have read everything so far – some of them twice. I’ve also listened to all of them and have started listening again. I searched everywhere to try to make sure I read them in the right (or best) order. Looks like I’ve done OK. Thanks so much for all of your works…I LOVE them all! I can’t wait for MOBY…and I’m sure hoping it won’t be the last BIG, ENORMOUS book !!

  10. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I’ve been wondering about the shorter books for a while, and now I know how they fit in! I’ll be reading more of your wonderful books soon!!!

  11. Just came across your chronology-thanks it’s great and I have now realised I have missed a few novellas I wasn’t aware of so very pleased to know I can read those before Moby arrives. I have had serious withdrawal symptoms waiting for book eight!

    Not sure my husband will be as pleased though. He is regularly heard to comment ‘You’re not reading that again?!’ as I pick up Cross Stitch once more ( this will be at least the fourth time) and work my way through the whole series.

    Thanks Diana for your wonderful books. I don’t think I’m a serial fan really! I just find it hard finding other reading material that grab me as much as your books do.

  12. Thank you for this! I printed it out and tucked it in the front of my Outlander hardcover. I can imagine my granddaughter finding it some day and having the joy of reading all my hardcovers in the right order. I’m saving them for future generations. I have a set of paperbacks to loan out. I do my own rereading on the kindle.

    Yes, I own three sets of your books. Just yours. Nobody else writes well enough to warrant even two sets.

  13. Diana,

    Can you tell me why you recommend Voyager be read before the Lord John Novels? Chronologically it happens after. Although I have read all of these many times over, maybe I missed something that would make it better to read Voyager beforehand.

    • Dear Lexy–

      In fact, all the Lord John novels and stories fit into the six-year (so far) gap when Jamie was a prisoner at Helwater. This is a fairly small part of VOYAGER, but an important one, as showing the evolution of John and Jamie’s relationship. IF you read the Lord John stories (including SCOTTISH PRISONER) before Helwater, you wouldn’t have any real idea why Jamie was _at_ Helwater, let alone what the arc of his friendship with John had been. Reading the shorter books and stories after VOYAGER fills in quite a bit of detail regarding that part of VOYAGER, but the short pieces are primarily focused on Lord John’s life (aside from SCOTTISH PRISONER, which is a half-and-half novel), and thus aren’t impaired by the reading of VOYAGER–since there is otherwise very little information given about Lord John’s life at that time in the main books.

      –Diana

      • Thank you Diana, I knew there was a completely logical explanation for this…lol Having read the series and all its extension so many times, I tend to forget that someone new to the series would not have the information already stored in my brain.

  14. My friend sent me your first four books. It took me FOREVER to get through the first half of the first book. I must have started it three times before I got far enough in it to get hooked. I now have read everything at LEAST four times. It seems like everyone is now family and I can’t wait to see what happens to them. If ever you decide to end the story, I will feel like I have lost a part of my life!

  15. Thanks so much for this! It’s very helpful! The Big Books were recommended to me a few months ago, and I read them in less than two months. SOOOOOOO good! I am now re-reading the whole series with the intent of including the LJ Grey books and other stories.

    Thanks so much for all your hard work! Your stories are amazing and your writing is superb! I am eagerly awaiting all the upcoming books/novellas/short stories! :)

  16. Need more! Read the “Outlander” series five times. Would love to see Ian with own series as Lord John and still waiting for the next one. Waiting for Jamie to explore through the stones and see modern world and how he fits remember him dreaming of talking on the phone to Jemmie? FEED ME!!!

  17. There should be a contest to see who has read the complete series the most number of times! I have lost count :)

  18. Thank you so much for your prodigious works…roll on 2013 for MOBY. Wonder how many people will NOT watch the forthcoming Sony series; your books’ characters are so real they cannot be sullied by poor visual protrayal.

    • I agree! Reading the books and then listening to them has given me my own interpretation of how each character looks and sounds – I feel like they are all my best friends. I know I would love to see a series or movie – if I had never read the books. No one will ever look and sound the way they do in my mind’s eye. And, I’m always so disapointed with movies and how much they leave out of the books. And all of the AMAZING love scenes are such a big part of the story – how can any movie or TV network include all of those? They won’t and it will leave huge holes in the story!! So, I’m really torn about seeing and actual movie or series!!

    • I understand where you’re coming from Jo. On the other hand, when I’m reading the books, I always visualize the guy that played Lucius Malfoy (sp?) in the Harry Potter films as Jack/Frank. *snorts* I don’t know if he likes playing jerks (that’s the nice word for it), but that actor is so good at it, that I visualized him as Jack Randall the first time I read the series! I make that comment because I’ve also seen the Mel Gibson flick The Patriot, another film that he was in, and boy, did he ever play the jerk as a British (I despise that term, to me, Scotland, et al, are separate countries, period) officer!

      • That’s exactly who I picture as Jack Randall, too! His name is Jason Issacs, and I’m sure he’s a very nice man, but he plays the evil creep very well.

  19. Diana! Hearing from you is always a treat! Thank you for the chronology … Most Useful! Plus – Oh, My! – there are two I’ve not read! Goodie! Ditto comments from Zan Marie, Barbie, Carolyn, et al.

  20. Just for the pleasure, the french song for child that Fergus teach to Gervais, I don’t remenber if it was in THE FIERY CROSS or in A BREATH OF SNOW AND ASHES. I must read all the books again !!!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8M3sxU27Bqg&feature=related

    • Learned this one in school, Laurence! Merci beaucoups, je me la souviens!

      Diana – makes me look over at my bookshelves, just to check which ones I have – and are they in the ‘right’ order. Still working on getting the French editions, but the English ones are present and accounted for. Thanks again for providing all of us with a great escape time and time again – I think I’ve read/listened to the series more than 8 or 9 times over the years, and I always seem to read/hear something that I’d forgotten.

  21. These books are so fantastic. I’ve recommended them to a a handful of people and almost all have fallen in love with the series. My best friend and I even have certain”Jamie sayings” and people have no clue what we are talking about. Cannot wait to read the newest book, just finished Scottish Prisoner. Oh and I love Lord John…seriously I find him so fascinating.

  22. Diana, no dollar need here. I’m on my second run through of the Big, Enormous Books since I discovered “Outlander” back in May. I’ve also read and fell in love with The Scottish Prisoner. Next on my “To Read” list is the Lord John series while I’m impatiently waiting for MOBY to be released. ;) Thank you so much for the chron. It’s proved very helpful to me.

  23. Diana, will you ever publish all of the novellas in one volume? It would make it so much easier to have them on the bookshelves, along with the rest of my ” Outlander” collection, for easy access ( Or as my husband often put it: “Are you reading those books AGAIN? “)

  24. Diana: I’ve had the luxury of reading all seven books over the last several weeks. I’m almost embarrassed to say I now feel desolate without “los Jaime’s” but that is how powerful your writing is and how adept you are at making your characters real. Obviously, I anxiouly await the the next book.
    Meanwhile I started obsessing about the character Bobel, who beat Claire and broke her nose. Please tell me
    the book, and the chapter in that book, where we first encounter him. I want to know why he hates Claire and Jamie so badly.

    • Jamie and Clair encounter Boble at a gathering. He is there as a thief taker and Jamie comes to the rescue of his intended victim. Sport is made of Boble which he later takes out on Clair. Am away from home and can’t give you the exact chapter. Go to Amazon and do a search of The Fiery Cross. Boble only appears in this incident and you’ll find him with no trouble.

      • Jerry – Thanks for steering me to the right novel. I did go to Amazon but other than being able to type in the name of the novel and get a synopis and reader’s remarks, I didn’t find anything that
        led me directly to Bobel. If all else fails, I guess I can always re-read the section on the Gathering of The Clan. I REALLY APPRECIATE YOU TAKING THE TIME TO ANSWER MY QUERY.

  25. “The Outlandish Companion” also has a couple of great recipes that Diana thoughtfully shared with readers. I’ve tried them – my copy of the book has the “cookery” handprints on it to prove it – and they are very good!

  26. I saw the Outlander books in the library for years, but was put off by the mixing of genres – time travel (sci fi) and historical novel?? But one day about a year and a half ago I couldn’t find anything else to listen to (I am big into audio books) and so I picked up part 1 of Outlander. Well, the rest is history – that and the rest of the series is about all I listened to last year. When I ran out of the Outlander books, I needed something, and there was Lord John, thank goodness! I was bereft for a while a few weeks later when those were done. But, mirabile dictu, then the Scottish Prisoner was released and that got me through the holidays.

    All I can say is that it is a good thing I didn’t start reading them until there were quite a few to read – no years long delays between them! That and I think I owe Diana a dollar!

  27. THANK YOU Diana! Just finished Echo in the Bone! Wow! Hurry up and Help Jem!! Its killing me! (No pressure here lol!) Yours is the only series I’ve ever read more than twice…it will never hit the Garage Sale Stack! I get so immersed in your work, I find myself referring to my cat as “Yon wee Cheetie!” ;-) And then I had to laugh at myself!

    God Bless! and Good Writing!

  28. I am what some people (my friends and family) call a real live book worm. I ‘eat’ my way through vast quantities of written word, and leave a pile of limp, discarded books in my wake. I have no book shelves in my house, simply because I have never really found anything that I would keep around and read again…until about 3 months ago when I came across Outlander. I became so absorbed that my poor husband actually had to ask me not to read at the dinner table, which would cause me to have a conniption should him or one of my children try do that! Being a faster then average reader, I managed to devour the entire Outlander series…AND the Lord John’s…..in about 2 weeks. My husband and children cheered…and then I started them all over again! LOL I am now on my third read through, and still I have not tired of them. Lord knows what will happen when MOBY is done and I have nothing new within my sights to look forward to…I may go absolutely crazy! In the meantime, I’ve decided to turn my collection of Diana Gabaldon’s into a complete hard cover collection, and I’m going to make my husband build me a book shelf to hold them. ;)

  29. Thank you SO much for the listing. Turns out I “only” owned 12 (all the biggies but only a few of the Lord John books) Am in the process of remedying that situation pronto. This will make it so much easier to wait for works in progress.

  30. Hello! Cannot thank you enough for the gift of Jamie and Claire! But, I have read all the big books and am now reading Scottish Prisoner and am starting to get my timeline/characters mixed up. Can you please come up with or point me in the direction of someone’s detailed chronology/character list and plot summary? I know there is outlandish companion but does that go into chronology for the plot? If not, I will probably go page by page of everything Outlander and write it all down myself :)

    • Jessica, I will answer for Diana because I don’t want her to pull any of her hair out. (She gets a lot of repeat questions)
      If you will click on the tiny left-most flag on the homepage of this blog, above her name, I think you will find what you are looking for.

  31. Love the Outlander Series. Can’t wait until Written In My Own Hearts Blood is publised. Trying to delay the end of An Echo in the Bone (but can’t put it down). Don’t know how you do it, but keep them coming. Wonderful series!!!!! Trying to get all friends and family reading them. So far 3 members are in like me. Thanks

  32. I love and adore Jamie and Claire. They are as real to me as anyone I’ve ever known. Diana, you are a very gifted channel. I’ve just finished the Out lander serries. And lamenting that fact! I will now go on to the Lord Grey books. Thank you, Thank You for sharing your gift with the world. In loving Spirit, Raine

  33. I just thought I’d mention that the actress, Lisa Kudrow, mentioned in this week’s People magazine that she’s reading “Outlander”. :-)

  34. How curious to see this in Manga style! I see your style evolving with every publication Ms Diana.

  35. Thank you for this. I am re-reading the Outlander books since it has been awhile and well they are my favorite books. Now i can read them all in this order

  36. Been lookin at outlander series for awhile ……was given Scottish prisoner as a gift …..where should I start…chronological order please I m so confused

    • Dear Mary–

      Ummm….is this post NOT a chronological listing of the series? [puzzled look]

      –Diana

      P.S. I’d start with OUTLANDER if I were you. You _can_ read SCOTTISH PRISONER as a stand-alone book, but it will have a good deal more depth if you read the first three books of the main series–OUTLANDER, DRAGONFLY IN AMBER, and VOYAGER, first.

  37. Greetings from Australia! I have just finished reading all seven Outlander books for the second time. At the same time I am researching my family history. My ancestors came from the Isle of Skye, and some of them were MacLeods. I was chuffed when you mention MacLeod of Skeabost in one of your books, as that is the area where my ancestors lived. As you will know the Isle of Skye is in Inverness and I was fascinated to read your history of the area. I visited the Culloden Site in 1988 and could kick myself for not valueing what I was seeing. I saw many standing stones on Skye too, including those that are sited above the dead instead of headstones. I love the history, the time travel, the romance and the way you describe the sex. It is so beautifully written. My only beef is if I was Claire, I couldn’t help myself, I would have to tell everyone I was from the future! She is so much more sensible than I would be! I would have been burned at the stake! I am looking forward to the next book coming out this year! Keep up the good work Diana!

  38. Dear Diana,
    Thanks for the chronology. I am putting my books back on the shelf and decided to put them in order within a series. I first read Outlander while working in Turkey, 1995 -1999, when a lady co-worker lent me her copy after we had a discussion about time travel. I am heavily into Science Fiction and have been since I was a teen, with collections of Asimov, Heinlein and others (currently collecting David Weber’s Honor Harrington series). Writing a good series requires the stories to be consistent in their framework or you will only read 1 and not collect them. The hardest to write is where you mix genres, especially history. Great job so far and I find I am also missing some parts for this collection, both C and J and Lord John. Some of what I have is autographed, thank you Poisoned Pen. I still want to get one signed in person, but so far haven’t made it to a venue in my area when you are scheduled to be there. Might have to visit AZ during one of your appearances close to home. :)

  39. I am obviously late to the game in discovering the “Echo” publication & have ordered it for immediate consumption. My delight in reading The Outlander series is only equaled by my enthusiasm for the current Downton Abbey Masterpiece Theatre drama. When I finished “A breath of Snow & Ashes” several years ago, I cried. I wept with sadness over the end of a relationship I had cherished. I wept with joy for the incredible composition of words that went into this unforgettable saga. Finally, I wept for the relief I felt in Claire’s last written words to her daughter. “……we are alive.” This series has a life of its own. It is so strong in every category/genre of writing: sci-fi, romance, history, drama, intrigue, occult….it has it all! It is mesmerizing! I so look forward to “Echo” and appreciate the compendium list provided so I can catch up on those entries I missed. Thank you Diana, for continuing the series that has won my heart!

  40. I don’t think I have ever been this intrigued with a series of books. I am currently on the 4th book in the Outlander series, “The Drums Of Autumn.” I am listening to the audio books, because if I tried to sit and read them I would never accomplish anything else. Whenever I am listening to the books, I am so totally “there” that I can almost see Jamie and Claire before my eyes. The writing is phenomenal.

    Thank you Ms. Gabaldon for your excellent work. You have brought a great deal of enjoyment to boring chores like washing dishes, mopping, watering the lawn, cooking dinner, etc. because that is when I listen!

  41. I have four children, homeschool, life is hectic. After years of not being able to read a book (because all else would never get done!) I discovered audio books at my library. I started with the classics (like Jane Austen and such). Then I went on to authors I knew like Michael Crichton and Steven King (uck, his books have gotten bad – I loved his earlier works). When I ran out of ideas and randomly picked a few duds off the shelf, I asked my librarian for suggestions. Along with The Help (which was not yet a buzz) and the vampire series that True Blood is based on, she highly highly highly recommended the Outlander series. This is my all time favorite series (or book for that matter) ever!!!! I will someday sit down to the hard copies, but for now I’m putting a hurt on the audio copies! I had to bug my library for six months to get one of the books they were missing! LOL For those of you that don’t usually listen to audio books, one of the excellent things about these is getting the true pronunciation of some of the words as wells as how they “feel” ya kin? How Jaime pronounces Brianna is one such example too.

    I’m so thankful to my librarian….I will owe her for life! I really want my kids to read the series, but I just can’t hand it to them with the sex that is in the book. I thought I was going to with my oldest recently (15 yr. old boy) but then I started rereading and…ummm…I’m not ready for that yet! LOL

    Thanks you thank you thank you Diana for such awesomeness!!!!! (I’m waiting for voyager right now…I’m third on the list, only two copies and none due back for a week!!!! ACCCKKKKK)

    I do plan to buy all the hard copies plus the audio eventually, but for now, the library will have to do. :)

    • Dear Crista–

      Libraries are Great Things! (Librarians are Book Pimps, you know.)

      –Diana

      • Could not live without my library…and the technology of digital loans! WOW, I get excited just thinking of it! I did find Voyager on Audibal (sp?) for only $3.99 today, so I didn’t wait any longer…I’ve been listening all day! LOL Oh, and I realize I did misspell “ye ken” LOL one downfall of the audio books! LOL (I’m southern too….that explains a lot too right?!)

  42. I have recently completed my 3rd go-through of the book,s (I came to them after 2000, at my sister’s introduction) in anticipation of the (earlier-intended) Fall, ’13 release of moby. That’s OK! I’ve been re-reading the Lord John Series, and about the 3rd read of “A Leaf…” My second time around was all audio, through Audible.com. My husband was living/working 3 hours away, and I commuted most weekends, so lots of car time! Davina Porter is just an amazing reading ‘actor’ and I love her various voices and accents. Did you have a hand in choosing her for your series? Whoever did – great choice! (BTW – I have most everything in all versions: book, kindle, and audio….got it all covered!)

    My daughter-in-law has just started reading the series, at my suggestion. (She got me into the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, in return.) She’s loving it – a few days ago texted me that “Jamie and Claire just got married!” I think she’s hooked. (muahahaha!)

    Keep ‘em coming – we’ll wait! :)

    PS: Thanks for the chronology all written down – helpful!

  43. I have a question about the first Outlander book. I don’t think it was resolved, but sometimes when I am into a series I read too fast and I miss details. In the first book in 1946, Claire is up in the bedroom combing her hair and Frank tells her that there was a Scottish Man (Jamie?) outside looking up at her, but he brushes by Frank and doesn’t speak to him. How does this fit into the story? Is it ever explained? It is driving me insane!

  44. In the last book I read, Claire married Lord John, therefore discussed with that happening, I stopped reading the series. What book was that? so that I can begin with that book and onward from there. Can someone please help me? Thanks

  45. Hello – I’m new to the series and am enjoying it immensly!

    Once I started book 3 I wanted to know more about the time frames and in the course of that I found this page and the timeline here: http://www.dgabaldon.de/html/timeline_1e.html. Either I’m very confused or they both have the same typo.

    This page and the timeline say that Claire steps through the stone in May 1946, arriving in Scotland in 1743.
    Jamie sends her back in April of 1746, 1 month shy of 3 years later.
    The book and the timeline say Claire arrives back in April, 1948, having been gone “nearly three years”, but by my count 1946-48 is only 2 years.

    Plus the chapter heading in the book says “Part One, Inverness, 1945″.

    Or am I misunderstanding?

    Thanks, and I’m happy I didn’t discover the series until it’s almost time for book 8. Love not having to wait for each installment. :-)

    • Dear Susan–

      It’s a copy-editing error that slipped through as a result of differing dates in the US and UK versions of the book. It should, of course, be 1946.

      –Diana

  46. ‘An Echo in the Bone’ begins with Stephen Bonnet condemned to death and tethered to a post in the bay in Wilmington. How did that happen? I missed it somewhere.

  47. I’m on my third pass through the books, mostly on audio this time (but I have to confess to buying them in print–originally in softback then those became my “loaners” when I found a set of hardbacks– as well as audio and Kindle. I WILL have my Outlander fix in whatever way suits where I am!) I didn’t start Lord John until after my first pass through the Big Enormous Books, and did them out of order due to library availability. Since then, I’ve moved and have a 45-minute-each-way commute (hence the audio) so I’m gobbling them up in anticipation of MOBY and the Starz series. This time, I’m determined to do them in this order, with one slight variation. Being somewhat familiar with Voyager, I decided that the best way for me was to pause Voyager when Jamie leaves Helwater and pick up Lord John there. I’m in Private Matter and it’s working so well, and as I’m meeting characters in order, the details fit together so much better. I’ll come back to Voyager after I finish with Lord John. I LOVE this page and come back here often since I can’t commit it to memory.Thanks for this very helpful page, Diana–and I also love that timeline page too…great historical context!

  48. ‘An Echo in the Bone’ begins with Stephen Bonnet condemned to death and tethered to a post in the bay in Wilmington. How did that happen? I missed it somewhere. Difficult to believe the way these books still affect me after so many readings. Cried today on 5th read of Echo when young Ian (Ian beag) came home. Thank you Diana for all the years.

  49. I found out about these books from a freind at work after returning to the states from being in Ireland for 7 years. My husbands family and history are Irish, mine is Scottish in the Murray Clan, along with Mary Queen of Scots in our family tree of all places =). I have read them twice now, and enjoy them as much each time. I share my books, I give them away for others to read. BUT, these I keep a hard bound set of my own to have till they put me a box for time ending here in this world. I have always been a reader for years, all types of interests. But these books by DG are by far are my most favorite of all time in life thus far. I hope they can go on for ages =). I have gotten many others to enjoy her journey as well over the years. Looking forward to 8/9/2014 STARZ, will have an open house that night I think. And serve some home made Sticky Toffee Pudding in honor of Scotland. Or something else as we get closer =)=). May you all be blessed by her wonderful writing in all the books you have to discover by DG.

  50. Diana,
    I am a fairly new reader, but have read all the Big Enormous Books up to and including The Fiery Cross. Have limited interest in history so it was a hard sell from my secretary to get my to start the series-obviously she won out. Have to say I have fallen in love with the characters, the history gets a little mucky for me, but your writing is so well done, that I wade through them with delight.

    My concern is if I am reading them in order, recent search had me confused about .5 books, decided they are not part of the Big E. Books. Would you ever considered for us weanies just posting the order of the Big Enormous Books? I know I’d appreciate it.

    Write on!

    Jan

    • Dear Jan–

      OUTLANDER

      DRAGONFLY IN AMBER

      VOYAGER

      DRUMS OF AUTUMN

      THE FIERY CROSS

      A BREATH OF SNOW AND ASHES

      AN ECHO IN THE BONE

      WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART’S BLOOD

      (Helpful hint: the copyright page (and the Amazon.com listings) give the year in which each book was published.)

      Glad you’re enjoying them!

      (And for those interested in the smaller books, novellas, etc.–click on “Books” on the home page of this site, then on “Chronology of the OUTLANDER Series,” which lists _everything_.)

      Best,

      –Diana

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