I loved this novel when I read it as a teenager in the late 1970’s and I hope I have passed on my affection for this story to my family. First published in 1972, Watership Down, by British author Richard Adams, is a book about rabbits… 476 pages of rabbits to be exact. According to Mr. Adams, the manuscript was rejected a total of seven times, all on the same grounds that older children would think the rabbits babyish and younger children would find its adult style unlikeable.
I am so glad that Richard Adams did not change a word! His judgment was vindicated when the novel won the prestigious Carnegie Medal in 1972 and the Guardian Award for Children’s Literature in 1973. Over forty years later, Watership Down is a beloved classic for young and old.
My local library’s edition of Watership Down published by Scribner in 2005…
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