The Carnegie Medal-winning "Watership Down" has sold tens of millions of copies in the decades since its publication. Other publishers were unsure what to do with the unusual novel, one that told an epic tale of rabbits in episodes that ranged from heartwarming to terrifying.
Share via Email Richard Adams: No matter what he did before or since, he will forever be associated with Watership Down.
To others, images of the somewhat lacklustre animated film adaptation — for which Bright Eyes was the theme tune — may come to mind.
There is something unique about the novel, so multi-layered and complete. Watership Down author Richard Adams: The book looked decidedly amateurish but went on to be snapped up by Penguin, who took the then extremely unusual step of publishing it under both the Puffin and Penguin imprints; in other words, for children and adults.
Here was a book — over pages long — read by young and old alike.
It propelled Adams into the limelight like few other authors. After the publication of his second novel, ShardikAdams gave up his career as a civil servant to become a full-time writer. No book could ever hope to be as successful as Watership Down, and Shardik — its title the name of a huge bear — is a very different kind of story.
It is, however, extremely well written and confirmed that Adams was no one-hit wonder. His third novel, The Plague Dogs, about two dogs escaping from a government research facility and trying to evade recapture, contains yet more strong characters and well-paced action, but is rather let down by its ending.
This thinly disguised and rather verbose polemic disrupts and, for many, destroys the tone of the book, but the story still has much to offer.
Many more books were to follow, including his fourth, more adult-themed, novel, Girl in a Swing. But it is clearly the rabbits for which Adams will rightly be remembered and I very much hope his death — at the ripe old age of 96, in a year of untimely deaths — will lead many to return to Watership Down or to visit it for the first time.
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