Stone Age Themed Novels

BEFORE ADAM ~ by Jack London

The story offers an early view of human evolution. The majority of the story is told through the eyes of the boy's hominid Australopithecine alter ego, one of the Cave People. In addition to the Cave People, there are the more advanced Fire People, and the more animal-like Tree People.

Other characters include the hominid's father, a love interest, and Red-Eye, a fierce "atavism" that perpetually terrorizes the Cave People. A sabre-cat also plays a role in the story.

  • Publisher: 1906
  • First Published: 1991
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THE CAVE GIRL ~ by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Blueblooded mama's boy Waldo Emerson Smith-Jones is swept overboard during a south seas voyage for his lifelong ill health. He finds himself on a jungle island. His bookish education has not prepared him to cope with these surroundings, and he is a coward. He is terrified when he encounters primitive, violent men, ape-like throwbacks in mankind's evolutionary history.

An Edgar Rice Burroughs Lost World novel that was originally two stories.

  • Publisher: All-Story Weekly
  • First Published: 1913
  • ISBN-10: 1598184210
  • ISBN-13:  978-1598184211
  • Pages: 212


A woman from a matriarchal culture in prehistoric southern France who is kidnapped by men from a patriarchal tribe after most of its women are killed in a disaster; #1 in a series.

The Horsemasters (1993): A young man driven out of his matrilineal tribe in prehistoric Southern France; #2 in a series.

The Reindeer Hunters (1994): A group of warring tribes in prehistoric southern France who make peace in order to resist invaders from the north; #3 in a series.

  • Publisher: Dutton / Signet; Reprint edition
  • First Published: 1991
  • ISBN-10: 0451403347
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451403346
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Isolated by a changing climate, hemmed in by arid wasteland, a band of prehistoric humans faces extinction. Too many mouths to feed - the tribes have grown too big. They’ve hunted too fiercely, and the animals are gone. The waterholes are dry, the rains don’t come. Their world has changed, and they need a way out. 

As the young men of the tribe go in search of a new home, Temfe, the chief’s son, must learn to lead his clansmen, before they betray him. To survive in a harsh world, surrounded by enemies, he must gather new allies. Discover new weapons. Learn new ways of seeing the world. 

  • Publisher: Beardale Books
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  • Pages: 181


An orphaned five-year old Cro-Magnon girl wanders aimlessly and unable to feed herself, for several days. After been attacked by a cave lion she collapses, near death. A medicine woman of the group, Iza, from a group of Neanderthal people, the "Clan", asks permission from the head of the Clan, to help the dying child. The child (Alya) is adopted by Iza and her brother Creb who is the group's "Mog-ur" or shaman.

Earth Children Series: The Valley of Horses (1982); The Mammoth Hunters (1985); The Plains of Passage (1990); The Shelters of Stone (2002); The Land of Painted Caves (2011)

  • Publisher: Crown
  • First Published: 1980
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DANCE OF THE TIGER ~ by Björn Kurtén

Set 35,000 years ago in Scandinavia, during a thaw in the great Ice Age, the novel follows a Cro-Magnon named Tiger as he tries to defeat Shelk, a tyrant and a hybrid (Neanderthal-Cro-Magnon), the man who killed his father.

With his family and much of his tribe dead, Tiger meets, interacts, and allies himself with groups of Neanderthals. He eventually marries a Neanderthal woman.

Singletusk (1986): about Neanderthals and Cro-Magnons in Ice Age Scandinavia.

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  • First Published: 1980
  • ISBN-10:  0520202775
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THE GATHERING NIGHT ~ by Margaret Elphinstone

Between Grandmother Mountain and the cold sea, Alaia and her family live off the land. But when one of her brothers goes hunting and never returns, the fragile balance of life is upset. Half-starved and maddened with grief, Alaia's mother follows her visions and goes in search of her lost son. Then a stranger from a rival tribe appears on their hearth seeking shelter. Are his stories of a great wave and a people perished really to be believed? What else could drive a man to travel alone between tribes in the depths of winter?

Hopes of resolution come when Alaia's mother returns home as a Go-Between, one able to commune with the spirits. But as all the Auk people come together for their annual Gathering Night, who there will listen to the voice of a woman?

  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
  • First Published: 2010
  • ISBN-10: 1847672892
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847672896
  • Pages: 384


Set before the advent of the Bronze Age, The Gift of Stones centers around a community of stoneworkers who live in a village near the sea. Wealthy and complacent, they survive by the trade of their unrivaled skills, secure in the supremacy of their craftsmenship. A small boy, outcast by misfortune, ventures from the confines of the enclave to explore the unknown. He returns with enchanting tales of ships and the seashore, of new vistas and horizons, that beguile and disturb the villagers. In spite of his words and intuitive wisodm, the stoneworkers remain oblivious to the winds of change beginning to blow in the outside world. Until, that is, the storyteller brings back to the village a strange and angry woman whose presence foretells the coming of metal, the end of stone, and the demise of their way of life.

  • Publisher: ECCO Press
  • First Published: 1996
  • ISBN-10: 0880014504
  • ISBN-13: 978-0880014502
  • Pages: 184

THE INHERITORS ~ by William Golding

This story is a reconstruction of the life of a band of Neanderthals. One of the band, Lok, is the one we follow as one by one the adults of the band die or are killed, then the young are stolen by the "new people," a group of early modern humans. Lok and Fa, the remaining adults, are fascinated and repelled by the new people. They observe their actions and rituals with amazement, only slowly understanding that harm is meant by the sticks of the new people.

The last chapter is written from the modern humans view point, revealing that they are afraid of the Neanderthals whom they believe to be devils of the forest.

  • First Published: 1955
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
  • Pages: 233
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Timmie, a Neanderthal boy, is snatched from prehistory as a result of time travel experiments by a research organization, Stasis Inc. Although repelled by his appearance, nurse Edith Fellowes, looks after Timmie and starts to think of him as her own child. Stasis Inc decide to send him back, but Miss Fellowes fights the decision, knowing that he would not now survive, having acquired modern dependencies and speech. She fails to smuggle the boy out of the facility and then decides to return to the ancient past with Timmie.

The story appeared in the September 1958 issue of Galaxy Science Fiction under the title Lastborn, and was reprinted under its current title in the 1959 collection Nine Tomorrows.

  • First Published: 1958
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  • Pages: 290
  • ISBN: 0-385-26343-0



The Palaeolithic Ulam tribe known the use of fire and keep it know going, but not how to start fire. Members of another clan invade the Ulam's cave and steal the fire. The Ulam then decide to send three of them, Naoh, Amoukar and Gaw on a quest for fire.

After rescuing a girl (Ika) from a tribe of cannibals, Noah follows Ika to her village after she leaves the three friends. Initially Ika's tribe humiliate Noah, but eventually they accept him and show him their fire-making techniques. Can Noah hold on to this new source of fire?

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MEZOLITH ~ by Ben Haggarty and Adam Brockbank

"MeZolith" revolves around a year in the life of Poika - an adolescent Mesolithic boy. Set in what is now North East Yorkshire, 10,000 years ago before Britain became an island, stories of a small tribe's daily struggle for survival are interwoven with some of humankind's most ancient myths, fairytales and legends.

Grounded in detailed archaeological research, this is a book of action and adventure, horror and romance, magic and beauty.


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  • First Punlished: 2008
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REINDEER MOON~ by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

A community of hunter-gatherers in Ice Age Siberia; #1 in the Reindeer Moon series

The Animal Wife (1990): A a community of hunter-gatherers in Ice Age Siberia; #2 in the Reindeer Moon series

  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
  • First Publisher:1981
  • SBN-10: 0002232375
  • ISBN-13: 978-0002232371
  • Pages: 384


In the prehistoric land of what is now Turkey, the young mate of the high priest of the Goddess is exiled from her people for giving birth to her second deformed son. In order to survive, she must help the high priest in his scheme to abduct a priestess from a band of nomadic traders. This is the triumphant story of two women--one who finds honor within another culture, and the other who endures to return home after a brutal separation.

Goddess of the Mountain Harvest, about two powerful women competing to become high priestess as warlike horsemen threaten their village; sequel to Secrets of the Ancient Goddess.


  • Publisher: Signet
  • First Punlished: 1999
  • ISBN-10: 0451195477
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451195470

STIG OF THE DUMP ~ by Clive King

Stig is a caveman who lives at the bottom of an old chalk pit close to Barney's grandparents' house. As the chalk pit is no longer in use, people throw all their rubbish there. Barney tumbles down through the roof of a den and finds Stig, with his shaggy black hair and bright black eyes.

Barney and Stig (and his sister Lou) get on rather together, managing without language. During a hot sleepless night, Barney and Lou spend a "magical" night camping out with the people of Stig's tribe and helping to shift a stone into position before sunrise.


  • Publisher:  Puffin
  • First Punlished: 1963
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The story takes place in 50,000 BC during the Palaeolithic era, somewhere in England and tells of a caveman named Ugh-lomi, who kills his rival, the de facto tribal leader Uya. Whilst in exile, Ugh-lomi becomes the first man to combine stone and wood to fashion an axe. He uses this weapon, along with his wits, to claim the position of tribal leader for himself.

The story is unusual for H.G. Wells by the number of animal characters present within the story, as well as the degree of anthropomorphism within the story that provides some appeal to furries.


  • Publisher: 1897
  • First Punlished: Featured in three parts between May and August in The Idler magazine
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Wolf Brother takes place 6000 years ago during the New Stone Age. It tells the story of twelve-year-old Torak, a boy of the Wolf Clan. After the death of his father, killed by a bear, Torak heads north and finds an orphaned wolf cub. Torak discovers that he can communicate with the cub and when the Cub smells Torak, it realises he is from the Wolf Clan, who was fed by a wolf as a baby, and accepts Torak as his pack-brother.

Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series: Spirit Walker (2005); Soul Eater (2006); Outcast (2007); Oath Breaker (2008); Ghost Hunter (2009)


  • Publisher:  Orion Children's Books
  • First Punlished: 2004
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WOLVES OF THE DAWN ~ by William Sarabande

As the Stone Age slowly gives  way to the age of Bronze, a proud warrior clan faces the challenge of a new life in an alien land.  Led by the great chieftain Fomor, once called the Wolf of the Western Tribes, the clan MacLir knows the limits of stone against the strange new weapons of their sworn enemy, Nemed MacAgnomian.  And so the people of the Ax have settles in the fens of Albion, exchanging flint weapons for farm implements, trading the ways of the warrior for the path of peace.  But prosperity has not followed on the heels of their decision, and many in the clan urge their lord to become the Wolf once more . . . or threaten to rise up against him.


  • Publisher: Domain
  • First Punlished: 1987
  • ISBN-10:  0553258028
  • ISBN-13:  978-0553258028
  • Pages 464

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