The Land of Painted Caves – three customers get the series for free

Most of you would already have received your copy of The Land of Painted Caves by now and many of you would have read consumed it. Of course, we have plenty in the warehouse if you are one of the few people on the planet who isn’t excited about the finale of this long running series.

Now for some fun. Way back when we asked people to respond to the question If you were the first person in the world to speak, what would be your first sentence? If you don’t understand the question, you need to start the series at the beginning, The Clan of the Cave Bear.

Congratulations to Beth Grace and the staff of Wollondilly Library and Information Services, NSW, Leiani Fisk of Pearsall, WA and Tanya Fischer of Lavington, NSW.

And what were their answers?

“Let there be light, I will call the light day and the darkness night and this will be the first day and could somebody please tell me if my bum looks mammoth in these furs!”

(Beth Grace  et al)

“Great Mother, what a wonderful world you have created for your children.”

(Leiani Fisk)

“Ok, we’ve mastered the art of conversation; now we must develop a functional (preferably phonetic) writing system, because I’m desperate to read a good book!”

(Tanya Fischer)

To read more about the series, go here.

To read Jean Auel’s answers to our Ten Terrifying Questions, go here.

The Land of Painted Caves – the wait is over

OK, so I wasn’t in the warehouse this morning at 12.05am  eastern standard time when the embargo officially came off The Land of Painted Caves, the finale in the Earth’s Children series, but when I did come some eight hours later I was greeted by the sight of a pallet load of boxes being broken up into single orders and readied for our Australia Post pick up at 11.30.

If I told you how many customers had pre-ordered this much sort after book I would have to kill you. Suffice to say that at Booktopia today, it is Jean Auel Day.

The Land of Painted Caves, set in prehistoric Europe during the ice age,  is a brick of a book, which is a suitably appropriate rounding for a  global phenomenon which has been going on since the early 80s. A hardback, this worldwide release comes with a limited edition augmented reality technology which when waved in f ront of a webcam, allows our heroine Ayla (with spear) to appear in glorious 3D. Alas I cannot see it no matter how much I wave. According to the instructions on the jacket, I need to download an app from the UK publisher’s site and it seems in the UK they are still asleep. Their site is telling me to come back tomorrow. Hello people. Do you understand the concept of world wide release?

What is operational are the end paper maps of Zelandonii Territory and sacred sites as well as Ayla’s journey through ice age Europe on a route linking what is known as south western France and the Black Sea. End papers – so old tech, and yet,  so reliable.

Forgive me for being churlish. I am  genuinely excited about The Land of Painted Caves. Me and about 100,000 other Australians. The wait is finally over. And best of all, you can now buy it from us at the very compelling price of $32.95, a discount of 34%.

For background on the series, go here.

For Jean Auel’s answers to our Ten Terrifying Questions, go here.

For an extract, clip and to see the book, go here.

The Land of Painted Caves by Jean Auel

I conducted a straw poll recently among booksellers to ask them which book was the most enquired about over their lifetime of selling to the public. Those most recent to the industry (ie since 1997) went for “when is the next  Harry Potter coming?”. The answer, by the way, in case any of you have just arrived from Mars, is “Never – it is all over”.

Of course, those older and wiser, had a different answer. Their answer was “When is Jean Auel going to finally finish her Earth’s Children/Clan of the Cave Bear series?”

Again, in case you have just arrived from Mars, Jean Auel has been writing this series since 1980. She has sold a massive 50 million books world wide. She is the Madonna of popular fiction, only she has been around longer and she doesn’t have to keep re-inventing herself to stay at number one and capture the world’s zeitgeist. According to Warner Bros, Madonna has sold in excess of 200 million albums. Imagine how many books Auel could have sold if she had the same airplay as The Mage!

Well, the most commonly asked question in the book world can finally be answered! Jean Auel is wrapping up the series with the world wide release on March 29 of The Land of Painted Caves and you can pre-order here at a very special, highly discounted price. As a completely trivial aside, readers in Australia will have a half day head start on their US counterparts.

Earth’s Children is no ordinary series. This will be an international publishing event.  With The Land of Painted Caves, Auel gives fans the finale they’ve been looking for. She does not disappoint as she continues the story of Ayla, Jondalar, and their little daughter Jonayla.

What the publisher says:

In this page-turning continuation of the beloved saga, Ayla is training to become a Zelandoni, one of the community’s spiritual leaders and healers. Ayla becomes the acolyte to the Zelandoni for the Ninth Cave and begins the series of intensive journeys that are part of the sacred training. But as she struggles to find a balance between her calling and her duties as a new mother, her pursuits begin to take a toll on her relationship with Jondalar.

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. The terrain, dwelling places, longings, beliefs, creativity, and daily lives of the Zelandoni are as real to the reader as today’s news. The Land of Painted Caves is a brilliant achievement by one of the world’s most beloved authors.

In preparation for the juggernaut, I recently re-read The Clan of the Cave Bear. You have to know that I read a lot of books and I am getting a bit jaded and cynical. I also haven’t got the time to get caught up in a series, especially when there is always another new book that I need to be familiar with.  So I spent a weekend with our heroine Ayla and was instantly transported to a cave way back when at a time when humans were splintering into groups according to their mastery of the basics of speech, the dexterity of the fingers and the rotational capacity of their shoulder joints.  I really had to struggle to return to the 21st century. What I wanted to do was bury myself in the next four books. I am so primed for the finale on March 29 it is not funny.

In case you are wondering who is going to get into this, apart from people who were there in 1980 and their now grown up kids, I can tell you that there is enough feisty heroine stuff going on to keep the teenage girl paranormal fans happy. And enough action for their male counterparts who might otherwise be reading versions of the quest sagas. The appeal of the series is that it is not too young and not too old, not too girlie and not too testosterone charged, not too much fantasy and not too factoid. As Goldilocks says, it is just right.

Want proof that she strikes a nerve? When Jean Auel answered our Ten Terrifying Questions in the week leading up to Christmas it went off. Have a read – she was wonderfully generous in her responses and avoided the marketing spin.

What else to tell you? The cover of the first print run of The Land of Painted Caves, a gorgeous hardback edition, will include a jacket embedded with an augmented reality chip. What that means is that you can hold the book in front of any screen with a camera and the feisty Ayla will appear out of no where as a 3D image – magic!

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?”

We are going to have a bit of fun with this. We will post the answers here from time to time and announce the recipients of the backlist packs in the first week of April.

A new Jean Auel! – The Land of Painted Caves

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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