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Watership Down

Written by Richard Adams

Part of the A Puffin Book Series

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LoveReading View on Watership Down

Watership Down is an epic journey, a stirring tale of adventure, courage and survival against the odds. First published in 1972, this paperback reissue with a stunning new cover celebrates its 40th anniversary.  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. 

Watership Down Synopsis

Fiver could sense danger. Something terrible was going to happen to the warren - he felt sure of it. So did his brother Hazel, for Fiver's sixth sense was never wrong.

They had to leave immediately, and they had to persuade the other rabbits to join them. And so begins a long and perilous journey of a small band of rabbits in search of a safe home. Fiver's vision finally leads them to Watership Down, but here they face their most difficult challenge of all...

 

Watership Down Press Reviews

‘...a proper grown-up novel for children’ - The Times

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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: 9780141354965
Publication date: 1st March 2012
Author: Richard Adams
Publisher: Puffin Books an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 656 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Animals
Recommendations: eBooks
Other Categories: Bookshelf Essentials

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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