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Watership Down

By Richard Adams and Madeline Miller
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Publisher Description

Now with a new introduction by Madeline Miller, the New York Times bestselling author of The Song of Achilles and Circe.

The 50th anniversary edition of Richard Adam’s timeless classic, the 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).

A worldwide bestseller for over thirty years, Watership Down is one of the most beloved novels of all time. Set in England’s Downs, a once idyllic rural landscape, this stirring tale follows a band of very special creatures on their flight from the intrusion of man and the certain destruction of their home. Led by a stouthearted pair of brothers, they journey from their native Sandleford Warren, through the harrowing trials posed by predators and adversaries, and toward the dream of a mysterious promised land and a more perfect society.

“Spellbinding…Marvelous…A taut tale of suspense, hot pursuit and derring-do.” —Chicago Tribune

248 Reviews

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Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“My favorite book. An excellent adventure where the rabbits strike off on their own to make a new life. Love it every time I read it.”
Characters change and growDark settingImmersive settingMeaningfulMoving
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Beautifully writtenSuspensefulCreative settingMemorableMoving
““We all have to meet our match sometime or other.” What a great story. I can't believe that I waited until I'm as old as I am to read this wonderful book. This is a story about rabbits, and you wouldn't think that a story about such small creatures could have as much drama, action, adventure, and suspense as this one does, but there it is. I actually found myself dying for the fight between General Woundwort and Bigwig, as silly as it sounds. It was like living in anticipation of a rabbit Achilles and Hector meeting in the dark tunnel of a rabbit warren somewhere on the Watership Down of rural England. “My Chief Rabbit has told me to stay and defend this run, and until he says otherwise, I shall stay here.””

About Richard Adams

Richard Adams (1920–2016) 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. He would go on to publish several more books, including Shardik, Tales from Watership Down, Maia, The Plague Dogs, and The Girl in a Swing.

Madeline Miller

Madeline Miller is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Song of Achilles, which won the Orange Women’s Prize for Fiction 2012, and Circe, which was short-listed for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019. Her books have been translated into over thirty-two languages.

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