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A worldwide bestseller for more than forty years, Watership Down is the compelling tale of a band of wild rabbits struggling to hold onto their place in the world—“a classic yarn of discovery and struggle” (The New York Times).
Richard Adams’s Watership Down is a timeless classic and one of the most beloved novels of all time. Set in the Hampshire Downs in Southern England, an idyllic rural landscape, this stirring tale of “suspense, hot pursuit, and derring-do” (Chicago Tribune) follows a band of rabbits in flight from the incursion of man and the destruction of their home. Led by a stouthearted pair of brothers, they travel forth from their native Sandleford warren through harrowing trials to a mysterious promised land and a more perfect society. “A marvelous story of rebellion, exile, and survival” (Sunday Telegraph) this is an unforgettable literary classic for all ages.
About the Author
Richard Adams, the son of a country doctor, was born in Newbury in England in 1920. He was educated at Bradfield College and Worcester College, Oxford. He served in the Second World War and in 1948 joined the civil service. In the mid-1960s he completed his first novel, Watership Down, for which he struggled for several years to find a publisher. It was eventually awarded both the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Award for children's fiction for 1972. In 1974 he retired from the civil service and published a series of further books, including Shardik, Tales from Watership Down, Maia, The Plague Dogs, and The Girl in a Swing. Adams died on Christmas Eve, 2016.
“I…recall…finishing Richard Adam’s Watership Down—a rousing adventure that was also about the impossible courage of the weakest and the lowest—a theme which for a young person never fails to resonate—a book with tremendous intelligence and wisdom and yes, wonder—and at the end of its last sentence, knowing with all the force of my young heart that my happiness would forever be caught up with reading. True then and true now.”—Junot Diaz, author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
"All books should end the way Watership Down ends, with one hundred pages of Ahhhhh."—Madeline Miller, author of Circe
"Spellbinding...Marvelous...A taut tale of suspense, hot pursuit and derring-do."—Chicago Tribune
"Marvelous... powerful."—The New York Times Book Review
— Chicago Tribune