A new Jean Auel! – The Land of Painted Caves

by |August 31, 2010

At last, the wait is over.

Jean M. Auel’s sixth and final book in the prolific Earth’s Children series, is to be published worldwide on March 29, 2011.

Jean M. Auel, whose novels about prehistoric life have won acclaim for their inspired storytelling, meticulous attention to detail and historic accuracy, has written the highly anticipated sixth and final book in the mega-bestselling Earth’s Children series.

The Land of Painted Caves will be simultaneously published worldwide, including the UK, Australia, the USA, Italy, Sweden, Germany, France, Holland, Spain, Serbia, Croatia, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Japan.

Auel’s Earth’s Children is one of the most popular and celebrated series in publishing history, with worldwide sales of more than 45 million copies, including nearly 22 million copies in the US alone. The series has consistently made publishing history, beginning with the groundbreaking first novel, The Clan of the Cave Bear (1980), and continuing with The Valley of Horses (1982), The Mammoth Hunters (1985), which was the first hardcover to achieve a first printing of more than a million copies,  The Plains of Passage (1990)  and The Shelters of Stone (2002), which debuted at Number 1 on sixteen international bestsellers lists including Australia, where it stayed in the bestseller lists for 20 weeks.

The Land of Painted Caves continues the story of Ayla, her mate Jondalar, and their little daughter, Jonayla, taking readers on a journey of discovery and adventure as Ayla struggles to find a balance between her duties as a new mother and her training to become a Zelandoni – one of the Ninth Cave community’s spiritual leaders and healers.

Once again, Jean Auel combines her brilliant narrative skills and appealing characters with a remarkable re-creation of the way life was lived thousands of years ago, rendering the terrain, dwelling places, longings, beliefs, creativity and daily lives of Ice Age Europeans as real to the reader as today’s news.

Jean Auel’s UK editor, Sue Fletcher, said: ‘The worldwide publication of Shelters of Stone in 2002 was one of the highlights of my publishing career. It is just thrilling to start planning for what is bound to be an equally mould-breaking international publishing event with such a marvellous author, who has a unique ability to transport her readers to other worlds. ’

The Land of Painted Caves is available for pre-order now, for delivery after March 29, 2011.

And, just as a further enticement to pre-order through Booktopia, we will have five Earth’s Children collections (volumes 1 – 5)  to give away to people who place their order before the release day of March 29.  Send your order number to jeanauel@booktopia.com.au and answer the question “If you were the first person in the world to actually speak, what would be your first sentence?”

Jean Auel, author of The Clan of the Cave Bear and the upcoming The Land of Painted Caves, answers Ten Terrifying Questions


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