Author(s): Jean M. Auel
The story of Ayla begins when, as a 5-year-old orphan, she is adopted by the Clan, a group of Neanderthals. Initially she inspires surprise, then wariness and finally acceptance by the Clan. She is cared for by its medicine woman, Iza, and its wise holy man, Creb. But she makes an implacable enemy of the group's future leader, Broud. He will do all he can to destroy her - but Ayla is a survivor. Jean Auel's imaginative reconstruction of pre-historic life, rich in detail of language, culture, myth and ritual, has become a set text in schools and colleges around the world
The prequel to what will be the publishing event of 2011: the final volume of Jean M. Auel's six-book series, The Land of Painted Caves
'Beautiful, exciting, imaginative' -- New York Times 'A major bestseller ... a remarkable work of imagination' -- Daily Express 'It's nice to rediscover an old classic that, upon reading 30 years after it was first published, still has appeal ... Auel's simple but engaging storytelling skill is still a joy.' -- Sunday Mail,Brisbane
Jean Auel is an international phenomenon. With the publication of the first novel in her Earth's Children(R) sequence, in 1980, she achieved unprecedented critical and commercial success and this has continued to the present. Her extensive research has also earned her the respect of many renowned scientists, archaeologists and anthropologists around the globe, culminating in her being made an Officer of the Order of Arts & Letters by the French Minister of Culture and Communication in 2008.