Winning Year: 1972 Author: Richard Adams Title: Watership Down
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9780140306019 In Print
"We've got to go away before it's too late."
Fiver could sense danger. Something terrible was going to happen to the warren - he felt sure of it. So did his brother Hazel, for Fiver's sixth sense was never wrong. They had to leave the warren, and they had to persuade the other rabbits to join them. And so a small band of rabbits began a long and perilous journey.
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 mid-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.
In 1974 he retired from the Civil Service to devote himself to writing. Richard 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.
I've only read an extract of this book, and although some people find it hard to believe that the story of a few rabbits in danger could be exiting, i believe that this classic is worth a read. From what i've read, the age range that would enjoy this book most would be 10-14 yr olds.
Watership down is so great that i had to read it twice as it was so exciting! the use of "bunny" language is great because adams' puts in the odd word in a sentence of proper words. This book is worth reading because of the thrills and fight scene at the end. The film is good too! worth watching!