The first novel in Jean M. Auel's magnificent epic of life on the glacial continent of the last Ice Age, when two kinds of human beings, Neanderthal and Cro-Magnon, shared the earth. Its heroine is Ayla, a courageous and indomitable young woman whose story begins when she is a five-year-old orphan adopted by the Clan, a group of Neanderthal. Ayla inspires first 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 does all he can to destroy her, but Ayla is a survivor. The Clan of the Cave Bear is the first volume in the phenomenally successful Earths Children's series. The others are The Valley of Horses, The Mammoth Hunters and The Plains of Passage, all available In Coronet. Look out for the stunning new fifth volume, The Shelters of Stone, coming soon from Hodder & Stoughton.