Watership Down (Watership Down, #1) by Richard AdamsLibrarians note: See alternate cover edition of ISBN13 9780380395866 here.
Set in Englands Downs, a once idyllic rural landscape, this stirring tale of adventure, courage and survival 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 friends, they journey forth from their native Sandleford Warren through the harrowing trials posed by predators and adversaries, to a mysterious promised land and a more perfect society.
Watership Down: Ending Explained, Plot Breakdown & Themes - Netflix & BBC Original (2018)
'True meaning' of Watership Down revealed ahead of TV revival
It has been endlessly picked apart and analysed and described as an allegory for both communism and Christianity but the daughters of Richard Adams have revealed the true meaning of Watership Down. Rosamond and Juliet, to whom the story was first told to keep them quiet in the car, have spoken ahead of a two-part animation to be shown on BBC1 over Christmas. The animated version of Watership Down holds a particular place in the cultural psyche of an entire generation. Everyone remembers the hopelessly sentimental Art Garfunkel theme song. Many will never forget the trauma of witnessing big-eyed bunny rabbits being mercilessly and bloodily slain.
Please refresh the page and retry. One he did not list, storytelling, was among his most wonderful. It also became his most famous. While driving to Stratford-upon-Avon to see performances of Shakespeare plays, he made up tales of rabbits to delight my mother and my aunt. Like any parent now, he sought merely to distract them on a long car journey.
The BBC is screening a new version of the much loved classic Watership Down story this Christmas but the story has roots in anything but goodwill to all men. In his autobiography published in the author revealed for the first time the real-life identities of two of the rabbits. Kavanagh was killed in action aged just 25 while providing covering fire for his platoon in a battle outside Oosterbeek, according to the author. Today regarded as a modern day classic, Watership Down actually started life as a spontaneous tale he made up to keep his two daughters happy on a long car ride to Stratford-on-Avon. What followed we really the essence of Watership Down.
Here his granddaughter looks back on how it began., The second part will be shown on Sunday 23rd December at 7. Watership Down will also be available to watch on Netflix for international viewers from 25th December
On Twitter last night December 22, , many complained about the new adaptation of Richard Adams novel, Watership Down. For many, the rabbits of the story looked more like hares. In other words, the animation itself was not up to par. One surprising voice is Kehaar, the black-headed gull with an Eastern European Accent, who actually has a Scottish accent in this adaptation. This new version also features an original song by Sam Smith.
Set in southern England, around Hampshire , the story features a small group of rabbits. Although they live in their natural wild environment, with burrows , they are anthropomorphised , possessing their own culture , language , proverbs , poetry , and mythology. Evoking epic themes, the novel follows the rabbits as they escape the destruction of their warren and seek a place to establish a new home the hill of Watership Down , encountering perils and temptations along the way. Watership Down was Richard Adams' debut novel. It was rejected by several publishers before Collings accepted the manuscript ;  the published book then won the annual Carnegie Medal UK , annual Guardian Prize UK , and other book awards. The novel was adapted into an animated feature film in , and later, a television series , which ran from to
After at least seven rejections, author Richard Adams, then 54 and a civil servant, was on the verge of self-publishing the novel when it was finally picked up by Rex Collings, a one-man publishing outfit in London. In , Collings printed as many books as he could afford, a run of 2, They sold out immediately. One's enough for any lifetime! His last book, Daniel , was published in and in , at the age of 94, he told a Telegraph interviewer that he was still working, thinking up a story about an ordinary boy who finds himself on the deck of a ship fighting the Spanish Armada.