Clive King's Stig of the Dump is a much-loved modern classic. Stig of the Dump is 50 years old and the story of Barney and his best friend, cave-man Stig, is as fresh today as it was when first published. Barney is a solitary little boy, given to wandering off by himself. One day he is lying on the edge of a disused chalk-pit when it gives way and he lands in a sort of cave. Here he meets 'somebody with a lot of shaggy hair and two bright black eyes' wearing a rabbit skin and speaking in grunts. He names him Stig. Of course nobody believes Barney when he tells his family all about Stig, but for Barney cave-man Stig is totally real. They become great friends, learning each others ways and embarking on a series of unforgettable adventures. This book is a wonderful Puffin Modern Classic . Clive King was born in Richmond, Surrey, in 1924. When he was young his family moved to a village called Ash, near Sevenoaks in Kent, which is the setting for Stig of the Dump . He went to Downing College, Cambridge, and the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. He then served in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. His service as a sailor and his work as a language teacher took him all over the world. Clive King lives with his family in Norfolk and is a full-time writer. Other titles by Clive King: Hamid of Aleppo ; The Town that Went South ; The 22 Letters ; The Night the Water Came ; Snakes and Snakes ; Me and My Million ; The Inner Ring series; The Devil's Cut ; Ninny's Boat ; The Sound of propellors ; The Seashore People ; A Touch of Class Other Puffin Modern Classics: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ; Goodnight Mr Tom ; The Hundred-Mile-an-Hour Dog ; Artemis Fowl ; Charlotte's Webb ; The Family from One End Street ; The Worst Witch ; George's Marvelous Medicine ; The Sheep-Pig ; A Dog so Small ; The Diary of a Killer Cat ; Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH ; Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry ; Carrie's War .