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Introducing The BEES Chapter Titles!

2021-04-15-BEES-PRH-US-coverGO TELL THE BEES THAT I AM GONE officially went on sale on Tuesday, November 23, 2021!

For those folks who like chapter titles, here they are for BEES:

Part I

A Swarm of Bees in the Carcass of a Lion

1: The MacKenzies Are Here
2: A Blue Wine Day
3: Rustic, Rural, and Very Romantic
4: The Women Will Ha’ a Fit
5: Meditations on a Hyoid
6: Home Is the Hunter, Home from the Hill
7: Dead or Alive
8: Visitations
9: Animal Nursery Tales
10: Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme

Part II

No Law East of the Pecos

bees-pollen-party-crop11: Lightning
12: Erstwhile Companions
13: “What is not good for the swarm is not good for the bee” (Marcus Aurelius)
14: Mon cher petit ami
15: Which Old Witch?
16: Hound of Heaven
17: Reading by Firelight
18: Distant Thunder
19: Daylight Haunting
20: I Bet You Think This Song Is About You . . .
21: Lighting a Fuse
22: Ashes, Ashes . . .
23: Trout-fishing in America, Part Two
24: Alarms by Night
25: Voulez-vous coucher avec moi
26: In the Scuppernongs
27: Cover Her Face
28: Math-ghamhainn
29: Remember, Man . . .
30: You Should Know . . .

Part III

The Beesting of Etiquette and the Snakebite of Moral Order

bees-white-flower-crop31: Pater familias
32: Lhude sing cuccu!
33: Spoilt for Choice
34: The Son of a Preacher-man
35: Ambsace
36: What Lies Unseen
37: Maneuvers Beginning with the Letter “V”
38: Grim Reaper
39: I Have Returned
40: Black Brandy
41. Awkward Sod
42. Sasannaich Clann Na Galladh!
43. The Men Ye Gang Oot With
44. Beetles With Tiny Red Eyes
45. Not Quite Like Leprosy
46. By the Dawn’s Early Light
47. Tace is the Latin for a Candle
48. A Face in the Water
49. Your Friend, Always
50: Sunday Dinner in Salem

Visit my GO TELL THE BEES THAT I AM GONE webpage for more information about this new book, the ninth major novel in my OUTLANDER series of major novels featuring Jamie and Claire. And the BEES webpage gives you access to the more than 100 excerpts I have posted.

Thank You to Pam Onasch, who sent me the lovely top photo of bees having a pollen party in a poppy—and to her brother, who took the picture!

And Many Thanks to Jaimee Butters for the lovely bee photo! (bottom image)

This blog entry was last updated on Friday, November 26, 2021 by Diana Gabaldon or Diana’s Webmistress.

8 Responses »

  1. Hello Diana. Over 10 years ago I discovered your Outlander series of books and devoured them! Much as I obsessed over the TV series. But I only read the first four books and for some reason didn’t finish “Drums of Autumn”.
    My question is would I be lost if I started reading “Go tell the Bees … “ now? I would love to become immersed in your Outlander world again.

    • Hi,

      As someone who loves her books, my advice is to read them in order because of the story lines and character development that carry from book to book. That being said, they can be read as standalone books. So it’s really up to you.

      To me, reading only the first four then BEES would be like reading Tolkien’s RETURN OF THE KING before THE TWO TOWERS. But that’s my opinion.


    • I got to know the Outlander series by picking up A Breath of Snow And Ashes during a summer holiday in a tiny archipelago … I really enjoyed reading it despite the fact it was obviously not the first book of the series and went on reading the rest in the correct order. As the years go by, I sometimes read one of the books in a language I am not really good at and the mix from things forgotten and re-discovered and things read as if it was the first time is very enjoyable, too.

    • OMG, I’m on chapter 21 and Jamie is speaking to my 7th great grandfather, Isaac Shelby. I’ve never been one to fan girl but this is so awesome! And a wee bit surreal, to be honest.

  2. Hi ladies
    FYI I have today received an email from Amazon Australia to advise that they have no idea when the supply of ‘Bees’ will arrive for distribution to those of us who have pre-ordered copies and offering to cancel the order should I wish.
    Bloody disappointing when some folk have already received their books from Amazon in other countries but nowt we can do but wait and hope that it won’t be too long
    Incidentally I had a similar message about my pre-order of Sam and Graham’s Almanac.
    Best wishes to you both and thanks for your hard work

    • Dear Leanne,

      Thank you so much for letting Diana and I know. I have changed the pull-down menus with buy links for BEES to indicate that the Australian options are pre-orders.

      I noticed that Amazon for Australia now says that BEES has a release date of January 2, 2022. I hope that is correct, and wish it was sooner for all of you there.

      For future reference, the Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale, Arizona, sells signed copies of Diana’s books (U.S. editions), and they ship anywhere in the world. For BEES, they have sold their first shipment of 20,000 books, but are expecting 10,000 more they say, in a month.

      Here is Diana’s webpage at the Poisoned Pen, which gives details on which of her books are available:


      The helpful staff at the Pen may be reached for any questions at:


      The Pen is Diana’s local bookstore in Arizona, and she has an arrangement with them to provide books signed by her to readers who want one.

      Any other information about international editions of BEES, Diana and I are all ears! Please send it to us.

      Diana’s Webmistress

  3. I am trying to purchase a download of the audiobook (Go Tell the Bees) from the UK itunes website but it shows the narrator as Janina Edwards (publisher WF Howes). I believe this is an error but am nervous of purchasing it as I want the narration by Davina Porter. I have contacted both itunes and WF Howes asking for clarification but have not had an answer from either. It would help me enormously to know whether there is a narration of Go Tell the Bees by Janina Edwards or not.
    I am so frustrated at being held up from starting the book.
    Can you shed any light on this?
    I realise this isn’t a typical enquiry but thought you might know who has been authorised to narrate the book.
    Many thanks for any help you can give.

    • Hi, Nicky,

      I looked up the BEES audiobook on Amazon.co.uk (for kindle readers in the UK) at:


      to compare it with the UK Apple itunes listing at:


      Both editions have the exact same cover art with “WFH” on it for WF Howes as publisher in the UK. Recorded Books (audible.com) actually created the master recordings in the English language, I think.

      The Amazon UK listing has a sample which is definitely Davina’s voice, and she is listed as the narrator.

      The apple itunes page above does not have a sample that I could play.

      Both the Amazon UK and Apple iTunes UK audio editions have the exact same recorded total length of 49 hours and 27 minutes. To me that indicates they are the same, and Davina is likely the recording artist in both.

      I agree it is likely a typo. Davina Porter is so popular, I can’t imagine that they would hire another narrator in the UK just for the apple itunes UK version of the audiobook.

      All I can suggest right now is to see if you can get a refund if you’re not happy with the audio book. Call a local Apple store where you live in the UK and talk to the support people there. Ask if you could get your money refunded if it’s not Davina that’s narrating it. Sometimes if you purchase something on a credit card and aren’t happy with it, the credit card company will refund the money.

      I am going to forward this discrepancy to Diana, so her agent and/oror publishers in the UK can check into it since it looks like a mistake. Will let you know the response and also post it here.

      Thanks for pointing out this out.

      Diana’s Webmistress

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