Watership Down: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Jul 14, 2009 - Fiction - 496 pages
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Soon to be a major Netflix animated miniseries starring James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, and Oscar and Grammy award-winner Sir Ben Kingsley.

A worldwide bestseller for more than forty years, Watership Down is the compelling tale of a band of wild rabbits struggling to hold onto their place in the world—“a classic yarn of discovery and struggle” (The New York Times).

Richard Adams’s Watership Down is a timeless classic and one of the most beloved novels of all time. Set in the Hampshire Downs in Southern England, an idyllic rural landscape, this stirring tale of “suspense, hot pursuit, and derring-do” (Chicago Tribune) follows a band of rabbits in flight from the incursion of man and the destruction of their home. Led by a stouthearted pair of brothers, they travel forth from their native Sandleford warren through harrowing trials to a mysterious promised land and a more perfect society. “A marvelous story of rebellion, exile, and survival” (Sunday Telegraph) this is an unforgettable literary classic for all ages.
 

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If someone were to ask me which book absorbed me most, I would say 'Watership Down' by Richard Adams. I didn't read it at a single sitting but I remember getting down from the trolley in our sitting ... Read full review

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Reading this as an adult, I got bored quickly. It was a bit fun to read, but at pg 250/450 I was done with it. The idea of rescuing does from an oppressive regime didn't have me coming back. Read full review

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Contents

The Notice Board
3
MILES
12
Hazels Decision
13
2
70
The Shining Wire
106
Watership Down
121
Fear in the Dark
129
A Honeycomb and a Mouse
139
General Woundwort
303
Groping
312
Approaching Thunder
331
The Thunder Builds Up
336
The Thunder Breaks
348
HAZELRAH
367
39
369
The Way Back
381

For Elahrairah to Cry
150
The Story of the Trial of Elahrairah
161
Kehaar
178
Nuthanger Farm
197
The Raid
205
26
225
You Cant Imagine It Unless Youve Been There
229
At the Foot of the Hill
242
29
251
EFRAFA
259
A New Journey
261
The Story of Elahrairah and the Black Rabbit of Inlé
268
Across the Iron Road
282
33
290
The Story of Rowsby Woof and the Fairy Wogdog
394
News at Sunset
407
The Great Patrol
414
A Message from Elahrairah
422
45
430
Bigwig Stands His Ground
436
The Sky Suspended
444
Dea ex Machina
454
Hazel Comes Home
460
And Last
464
Epilogue
472
Lapine Glossary
475
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About the author (2009)

Richard Adams, the son of a country doctor, was born in Newbury in England in 1920. He was educated at Bradfield College and Worcester College, Oxford. He served in the Second World War and in 1948 joined the civil service. In the mid-1960s he completed his first novel, Watership Down, for which he struggled for several years to find a publisher. It was eventually awarded both the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Award for children's fiction for 1972. In 1974 he retired from the civil service and published a series of further books, including Shardik, Tales from Watership Down, Maia, The Plague Dogs, and The Girl in a Swing. Adams died on Christmas Eve, 2016.

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