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Jean Auel

If You Like Jean Auel…
Try These Authors

clanofthecavebearJean Auel’s series The Earth’s Childen, starting with 1980’s Clan of the Cave Bear and continuing with The Valley of Horses [1982], The Mammoth Hunters [1985], The Plains of Passage [1990], and The Shelter of Stone [2002], is probably the best-known and most popular “prehistoric” fiction series available for readers. Featuring an incredibly strong female protagonist, Ayla, and a large cast of well-defined supporting characters, Auel’s works successfully juggle romance, adventure, history and exploration. Set 20,000 years ago, during the Ice Age, Auel’s books are rich in authentic detail, and highly descriptive. The relaxed pacing allows readers to truly absorb the surroundings that Auel takes such pains to describe. Though no other author is precisely like Auel, there are several who have either stand-alone novels or series focusing on prehistoric peoples or societies. The following list includes both single novels and series by a variety of authors you may wish to sample if you’re an Auel fan. The individual book titles are hotlinked to their holdings in our catalog, so that you may check on the availability of those titles in print format.

Piers Anthony – Hope of Earth
Stephen Baxter – The Mammoth Trilogy
J.H. Brennan – The Shiva series
Joseph Bruchac – Dawn Land
Bernard Cornwell – Stonehenge, 2000 B.C.
Jim Crace – The Gift of Stones
Kathleen O’Neal Gear & W. Michael Gear – The First North Americans series
Sue Harrison – Mother Earth, Father Sky
Doris Lessing – Mara and Dann
Morgan Llywelyn – The Horse Goddess
Mary Mackey – The Last Warrior Queen
James Michener – Creatures of the Kingdom
William Sarabande – The First Americans series
Linda Lay Shuler – Let the Drum SpeakShe Who Remembers
Judith Tarr – White Mare’s Daughter
James Alexander Thom – The Children of First Man
Elizabeth Marshall Thomas – Reindeer Moon
Joan Wolf – Daughter of the Red Deer
Barbara Wood – Sacred Ground

posted June 2006 sdc / last updated December 2016 sdc