Synopses & Reviews
A phenomenal worldwide bestseller for over thirty years, Richard Adams's Watership Down is a timeless classic and one of the most beloved novels of all time. Set in England's 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 brothers, 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.
"Spellbinding....Marvelous....A taut tale of suspense, hot pursuit and derring-do." Chicago Tribune
"A classic....A great book." Los Angeles Times
"Quite marvelous....A powerful new vision of the great chain of being." The New York Times Book Review
"Spellbinding...Marvelous...A taut tale of suspense, hot pursuit and derring-do."
-- Chicago Tribune
"A classic...A great book."
-- Los Angeles Times
To capture the feeling of the verdant English landscape in Richard Adams's "Watership Down" (Atheneum, 496 pages, $29.99), first published in 1972, Aldo Galli painted in the real locations described in the story. In his finely wrought illustrations, the rabbits Hazel and Pipkin crouch beside the real Nuthanger Farm and Hazel, Bigwig and Fiver make their way across the real Hampshire downs. Mr. Galli brings a sense of intensified realism to his depictions in this 40th anniversary edition. Foliage is luxuriantly, impossibly green, and the edges of things—the feathers of birds, the fluff of dandelions—look as sharp as if they were cut from glass. As a gift, this edition would suit anyone over the age of 10, including adults.
The phenomenal world seller for over 30 years returns to its original publishing home in a beautiful new edition.
About the Author
Richard Adams is the author of many bestselling novels, including Watership Down, Shardik, The Plague Dogs, The Girl in a Swing, Maia, and Traveller, as well as several works of nonfiction, including his autobiographical The Day Gone By.