PENGUIN BOOKS WATERSHIP DOWN ‘A literary work of uncommon merit’ –The New York Times Book Review ‘From blood and the thump of fear to the pleasure of good feeding, the discovery of new surroundings or the texture of the day, we are immersed in the rabbits’ world … one might, at the same time, be reading some gripping escape story, the rabbit characters are so totally credible’ –The Times Literary Supplement An impressive, immensely readable story, held together over pages by a powerful imagination that soon forbids disbelief –New Statesman ‘Thisbeautifullywrittenandintenselymovingstoryistheworkofan extraordinary imagination … a classic of animal literature’ –Sunday Telegraph
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Richard Adams was born in Berkshire in 1920 and studied history at Bradfield and Worcester College, Oxford. He served in the Second World War and in 1948 joined the Civil Service. In the mix-sixties he completed his first novel, Watership Down,the story of which he originally told to his children to while away a long car journey.Watership Downwas awarded both the Carnegie Medal and theGuardianaward for children’s fiction for 1972. In 1974 he retired from the Civil Service to devote himself to writing, and in that year he publishedShardik,his second novel. His subsequent novels areThe Plague Dogs(1977),The Girl in a Swing(1980),Maia(1984) andTraveller (1988), and his other books includeThe Iron Wolf and Other Stories, The Bureaucats, A Nature Diary, Voyage through the Antarctic(in collaboration with Ronald Lockley) andTales from Watership Down,a companion volume that is also published by Penguin. He collaborated onNature through the Seasonsand Nature Day and Night(with Max Hooper and David A. Goddard). He wrote the poetry forThe Tyger Voyage,illustrated by Nicola Bayley, andThe Ship’s Cat, illustrated by Alan Aldridge, and edited an anthology of modern poetry entitled Occasional Poets.He has also written a volume of autobiography,The Day Gone By. Richard Adams lives in the south of England with his wife Elizabeth, who is an expert on English ceramic history, and has two grown-up daughters, Juliet and Rosamond. His enthusiasms are English literature, music, chess, beer and shove- ha’penny, bird-song, folk-song and country walking.