Watership Down by Richard Adams

Watership Down

Written by Richard Adams

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Winner of the 1972 CILIP Carnegie Medal A book that resonates as vividly today as it did nearly half a century ago, this keepsake Oneworld Classic edition showcases more than twenty sumptuous, evocative paintings from Aldo Galli, an illustrator chosen by Richard Adams himself. It is the first full-colour illustrated edition of a celebrated modern classic and international bestseller.

Stunning and compulsive are two words that best describe the story of Fiver, of Hazel and the rabbit warren full of family and friends. Rejected by most publishers before eventually being snapped up by Rex Collings in 1972, it was an instant hit and has since sold millions of copies the world over. Beautifully written with some of the best characterisation you'll come across in children’s literature, it tells the story of a group of rabbits and their will to survive despite human attempts to do otherwise. Full of adventure, humour, excitement and sadness it will enthral as much now as it did when it was first published.

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. This best-selling novel tells the story of a band of rabbits who leave their warren because one of their number, the telepathic Hazel, senses danger - and journey hazardously across the Berkshire downs in search of safety. Despite its length and complexity, people of all ages become absorbed and obsessed by it.


Watership Down by Richard Adams

A phenomenal worldwide bestseller for over forty years, Richard Adams' spellbinding classic Watership Down is one of the best-loved novels of all time. Set in the beautiful English countryside of the Berkshire Downs, a once idyllic rural landscape, this stirring tale of adventure, courage and survival follows a band of very special rabbits fleeing the destruction of their home by a developer. Led by a stout-hearted pair of brothers, they leave the safety of Sandleford Warren in search of a safe haven and a mysterious promised land, skirting danger at every turn.


'A gripping story of rebellion in a rabbit warren and the subsequent adventures of the rebels. Adams has a poetic eye and a gift for storytelling which will speak to readers of all ages for many years to come.' Sunday Times

'A masterpiece. The best story about wild animals since The Wind in the Willows. Very funny, exciting, often moving.' Evening Standard

'A great book. A whole world is created, perfectly real in itself, yet constituting a deep incidental comment on human affairs.' Guardian

'Quite marvelous... A powerful new vision of the great chain of being.' New York Times Book Review

'A classic... A great book.' Los Angeles Times

'Spellbinding...Marvelous...A taut tale of suspense, hot pursuit and derring-do.' Chicago Tribune

'Watership Down is stunning, compulsive reading.' Sunday Times

'This lovely, lovely novel will join those classics which preserve the simpler joys... and there is the wonder of the English countryside, seen with the ground-level detail of a rabbit's eye and ear and nose, the scent and savour of short, sweet grass, the aromatic tiny wild plants, their names used like charms.' Monica Dickens

About the Author

Richard Adams
Richard Adams was born in Berkshire, England, in 1920, and studied history at Worcester College, Oxford. He is the author of nineteen books, including the bestselling and award-winning Watership Down, his first book.

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528 pages
Interest Age: From 8


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Oneworld Publications

Publication date

3rd March 2016




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