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Richard Adams (1920-2016), the son of a country doctor, grew up in Berkshire and studied history at Worcester College, Oxford before and after the Second World War, in which he served in the 1st Airborne Division. The author of more than a dozen works, he originally began telling the story of Watership Down, his first book, to his two daughters to while away a long car journey to Stratford-on-Avon. They insisted he write it down and it became a huge success on publication with people of all ages, winning both the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and the Carnegie Medal. Watership Down (the illustrated edition of which was published by Oneworld, 2014) is now considered a modern classic. Along with another of his books, Shardik (Oneworld, 2014), Watership Down was listed in the Sunday Times top 100 bestselling books of the last forty years.


'Stunning, compulsive reading.'

* Sunday Times *

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

* Guardian *

'Beautifully written and intensely moving... the work of an extraordinary imagination.'

* Sunday Telegraph *

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

* Chicago Tribune *

'A classic... A great book.'

* Los Angeles Times *

'Quite marvelous... A powerful new vision of the great chain of being.'

* New York Times Book Review *

'What a relief to read of characters who have honor and courage and dignity, who will risk their lives for others, whose love for their families and friends and community is enduring and effective.'

* New York Review of Books *

'A classic yarn of discovery and struggle.'

* New York Times *

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