Books by Jean M. Auel

Jean Auel is best known for her Earth’s Children series. She conducted extensive research for the books, even joining a survival class to learn how to build an ice cave and tan leather. Auel later traveled to prehistoric ruins and sites, which earned her the respect of archaeologists and anthropologists, and was named an Officer of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture and Communication in 2008. Her most recent book in the Earth’s Children series, The Land of Painted Caves, received a starred review from Kirkus. Photo credit: John Emerling


THE LAND OF PAINTED CAVES by Jean M. Auel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 29, 2011

"We'll hope to see more, magic mushrooms or no."

Auel, of Clan of the Cave Bear fame, adds a sixth volume to her Earth's Children series, just over 30 years after the first appeared.

Having delivered thousands of pages before these, the author finds need to backtrack a little at the very beginning of this installment; if it were a film, it would be voiceover, and it would be annoying, but here it's mostly a gentle reminder of who's who and who bears what credentials. Read full book review >

THE SHELTERS OF STONE by Jean M. Auel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 30, 2002

Fifth volume in the Earth's Children series, begun with Clan of the Cave Bear, with 34 million copies worldwide. Read full book review >

THE PLAINS OF PASSAGE by Jean M. Auel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1990

"Bound for best-seller glory."
By this time, followers of the adventures of Ayla—Annie Oakley-cum-Edison-cum-Joyce Brothers of the Ice Age—have presumably overcome amusement at the nutty anachronisms of the dialogue and Cro-Magnon pop-psych ("You have a right to be angry. Read full book review >
THE MAMMOTH HUNTERS by Jean M. Auel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 1985

"A biggie."
Book Three in the adventures of Ayla-of-the-Ice Age, the Cro-Magnon Phi Beta who is raised (and cast out by) Neanderthal "flatheads." Read full book review >
THE VALLEY OF HORSES by Jean M. Auel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 10, 1982

"But, though this has less tribal texture than Cave Bear, the anthropological details and the hard-core sex again make an earthy combination—so Ayla followers can probably be expected to return for more Stone Age action."
Remember Ayla, the Cro-Magnon orphan who was raised by a tribe of less-evolved Neanderthals in Clan of the Cave Bear (1980)? Read full book review >
THE CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR by Jean M. Auel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1980

"But it's all written with nerveless esprite admirable scenery, swell sex, convincing artifacts and survival modese and, when clubbed on by heavy publisher advertising, this first novel (first of six in a projected early-man series) may well prove curiously primitive enough to catch on in a big way."
If you hopped along with Watership Down or whooped it up with Hanta Yo, you might just go for this startling novelty item which, like a statuette of Venus de Milo with a clock in her stomach, unites the informative with a livelier art: anthropological speculations about the Ice Age illustrated by the odyssey of a remarkably sophisticated Clan of Neanderthals and their Cro-Magnon foundling, Ayla. Read full book review >