Watership Down

Watership Down

By Richard Adams

Scribner Book Company, Hardcover, 9780684836058, 448pp.

Publication Date: November 1996


A phenomenal worldwide bestseller for over thirty years, Richard Adams's Watership Down is a timeless classic and one of the most beloved novels of all time. Set in England's Downs, a once idyllic rural landscape, this stirring tale of adventure, courage and survival follows a band of very special creatures on their flight from the intrusion of man and the certain destruction of their home. Led by a stouthearted pair of brothers, they journey forth from their native Sandleford Warren through the harrowing trials posed by predators and adversaries, to a mysterious promised land and a more perfect society.

About the Author
Richard Adams was born in 1920. In the mid-sixties he completed his first novel, "Watership Down, the story of which he originally told his children to while away time on a long car journey. His many other books include the novels "Shardik, The Plague Dogs, The Girl in a Swing, Maia and, "Traveller; his autobiography "The Day Gone By; and several books on the natural world. He and his wife, who have two daughters, live in the South of England.

Praise For Watership Down

To capture the feeling of the verdant English landscape in Richard Adams's "Watership Down" (Atheneum, 496 pages, $29.99), first published in 1972, Aldo Galli painted in the real locations described in the story. In his finely wrought illustrations, the rabbits Hazel and Pipkin crouch beside the real Nuthanger Farm and Hazel, Bigwig and Fiver make their way across the real Hampshire downs. Mr. Galli brings a sense of intensified realism to his depictions in this 40th anniversary edition. Foliage is luxuriantly, impossibly green, and the edges of things—the feathers of birds, the fluff of dandelions—look as sharp as if they were cut from glass. As a gift, this edition would suit anyone over the age of 10, including adults.