Lady Sapiens

Original title: Lady Sapiens

Publication Date:

September 2021



Original language and publisher

French | Les Arènes

Territories Handled

Netherlands, North America, Scandinavia

Territories Sold

Italy (Piemme)
Netherlands (Noordboek)
English (UK & BC excl Can) (Hero Press)
Poland (Znak)
Sweden (Natur & Kultur)
Spanish (World) (Esfera de los Libros)
Turkey (Say Kitap)
Albania (Botart)
Brazil (Buzz)
Canada (French) (Multimonde/HMH)


History, Science

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Lady Sapiens

Original title: Lady Sapiens


The Ice Age was also the Age of the Woman

45,000 years ago, rare and precious statues of faceless women with hourglass figures, sturdy hips and generous breasts surfaced across Europe. Spanning thousands of years and nurturing many a fantasy, they are known as the prehistoric Venus figurines. But what were the women who inspired these artefacts really like?

For 150 years researchers offered no archaeological insights into the daily lives of prehistoric women and underestimated their role in society. In fact, these women became imprisoned by clichés. Prehistoric man hunted, went on adventures, invented, created and drew, whereas the role of prehistoric women was limited to educating children and carrying out domestic chores. That’s all there was to say about it, or almost.

Over the past fifteen years a new generation of researchers – many of whom are women – have shaken up this model. By establishing groundbreaking analysis protocols and defining new excavation methods, these scientists are finally able to make the invisible visible. It is thanks to their tenacity that the essential and even prestigious role of prehistoric women is emerging. For the first time ever these ancient women are being resurrected before our very eyes, shedding light on a new theory of our origins!

Marketing Information

  • English translation available
  • A study carried out by 33 scientists and researchers throughout the globe
  • The film of Lady Sapiens – The book will be released in conjunction with the documentary film of Lady Sapiens, which will be broadcast in prime time on France Television (directed by Thomas Cirotteau, written by Thomas Cirotteau and Eric Pincas with the participation of Jacques Malaterre). We accompany them as they journey across Europe, North America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia to meet the most well informed scientists on the most recent archaeological finds.
  • Film teaser:
  • Over 35,000 copies sold

Foreign Covers

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