The Clan of the Cave Bear

The Clan of the Cave Bear : The first book in the internationally bestselling series

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The first book in the internationally bestselling Earth's Children series, an epic work of prehistoric fiction beloved by generations of readers.

When an earthquake destroys her family's camp, Ayla is left orphaned and alone in an unfamiliar and dangerous land, her likelihood of survival slim.

But then she is found by a woman of the Clan, a people very different from her own kind. To them Ayla looks peculiar and ugly, her blonde hair and blue eyes marking her out as one of the Others, who have recently invaded their ancient homeland. Yet Iza, the Clan's medicine woman cannot leave the child to die.

As Ayla learns the ways of the Clan and Iza's ways of healing, Iza grows to love her, and the rest of the Clan to accept her. Everyone, that is, except Brun, the brutal and proud youth who is destined to become their next leader. Where others see similarity, he can only see difference, and as his hatred for the strange girl of the Others deepens, he grows determined to get his revenge . . .

Set 25,000 years in the past, yet utterly relatable today, The Clan of the Cave Bear is an epic tale of love, identity and the struggle to survive.

'Beautiful, exciting, imaginative' New York Times

'A major bestseller . . . A remarkable work of imagination' Daily Express
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Product details

  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 130 x 197 x 33mm | 364g
  • Hodder Paperback
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 map
  • 1444709852
  • 9781444709858
  • 62,388

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Beautiful, exciting, imaginative New York Times
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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 * A major bestseller . . . a remarkable work of imagination * Daily Express * Beautiful, exciting, imaginative * New York Times *
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About Jean M. Auel

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.
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221,984 ratings
4.05 out of 5 stars
5 40% (89,166)
4 34% (75,021)
3 19% (42,050)
2 5% (11,277)
1 2% (4,470)

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This book is absolutely amazing, I know that the new book, Land of Painted Caves is not exactly the best and that put me off reading the clan of the cave bear because I thought that if one was bad, the rest were, but then I got it out from the library and gave it a try and it was amazing, then I started The Valley of Horses and my father stole it and read it. Out of everything, I give this book five stars. Once anybody reads this for the first time, they'll know it's the start of something special. Over all, I loved more
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