Jean M. Auel

Jean Marie Untinen was born on February 18, 1936 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.. She was the second of five children, her father was a housepainter, Neil Solomon Untinen, and her mother Martha Wirtanen. After High School, Jean M. married with Ray Bernard Auel (surname pronounced like "owl"), and raised five children of her own. The marriage live in Portland, Oregon.

In 1964, Jean M. became a member of Mensa. She attended Night school while working: she worked as a clerk (1965-1966), a circuit board designer (1966-1973), technical writer (1973-1974), and a credit manager at Tektronix (1974-1976). In 1976, finally she earned her M.B.A. for the Portland State University and has received honorary degrees from the University of Maine and Mount Vernon College for Women. At the age of 40, she was inspired to write a short story, just as she was about to change jobs. That short story quickly grew into a serie of the "Earth's Children". Her first novel, "The Clan of the Cave Bear", which was published in 1980, and her novels have sold over 45 million copies worldwide. She was awarded the French government's Ministry of Culture "Officer in the Order of Arts and Letters" medal. Auel lives in Portland, Oregon.

Book List in Order: 7 titles


  • In this, the extraordinary conclusion of the ice-age epic series, Earth's Children(R), Ayla, Jondalar, and their infant daughter, Jonayla, are living with the Zelandonii in the Ninth Cave. Ayla has been chosen as an acolyte to a spiritual leader and ...



  • The Shelters of Stone opens as Ayla and Jondalar, along with their animal friends, Wolf, Whinney, and Racer, complete their epic journey across Europe and are greeted by Jondalar’s people: the Zelandonii. The people of the Ninth Cave of the Zelando...





  • Now, in a brilliant novel as vividly authentic and entertaining as those that came before, Jean M. Auel returns us to the earliest days of humankind... and to the captivating adventures of the courageous heroine called Ayla. With her companion, Jonda...



  • Once again Jean M. Auel opens the door of a time long past to reveal an age of wonder and danger at the dawn of the modern human race. With all the consummate storytelling artistry and vivid authenticity she brought to The Clan of the Cave Bear and i...



  • This unforgettable odyssey into the distant past carries us back to the awesome mysteries of the exotic, primeval world of The Clan of the Cave Bear, and to Ayla, now grown into a beautiful and courageous young woman. Cruelly cast out by the new lead...



  • Here is a novel of awesome beauty and power. A moving saga about people, relationships and the boundaries of love. Through Jean Auel's magnificent storytelling, we are taken back to the dawn of mankind and swept up in the wonderful world of a very sp...





Complete Series List in Order

Earth's Children

1) The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jun-1980)
2) The Valley of Horses (Apr-1982)
3) The Mammoth Hunters (Jan-1986)
4) The Plains of Passage (Dec-1989)
5) The Shelters of Stone (May-2002)
6) The Land of Painted Caves (Apr-2011)

Award-Winning Books by Jean M. Auel

The Shelters of Stone
2002 RT Reviewers Choice Award -- Historical Novel