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Watership Down

Written by Richard Adams

Illustrated by Aldo Galli

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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.

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Watership Down Synopsis

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.

Watership Down Press Reviews

'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

'This beautifully written and intensely moving story is the work of an extraordinary imagination.'  Sunday Telegraph

'An impressive, immensely readable story, held together over 400 pages by a powerful imagination that soon forbids disbelief.'  New Statesman

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ISBN: 9781780749662
Publication date: 03/03/2016
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9781780746623
Publication date: 06/11/2014
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9780141354965
Publication date: 03/07/2014
Publisher: Puffin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780141354965
Publication date: 01/03/2012
Publisher: Puffin Books an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780141354965
Publication date: 26/07/1973
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback (b Format)

Book Information

ISBN: 9781780746623
Publication date: 6th November 2014
Author: Richard Adams
Illustrator: Aldo Galli
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Format: Hardback
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Classic Fiction
Recommendations: eBooks
Other Categories: Carnegie Greenaway

About Richard Adams

Richard Adams (1920 - 2016) was an English novelist best known as the author of Watership Down, first published in 1972. He served in the British Army during the second world war, and then joined the civil service. He originally began telling the story of Watership Down to his two daughters during long car journeys and they insisted it  he publish it as a book. It was awarded the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, and went on to sell millions of copies throughout the world. In 1975 Adams was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

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