In true British literary tradition, Watership Down began as a story Richard Adams told his daughters night after night as an ongoing bedtime story. Eventually they convinced him to write it down into a proper book. He did, and after being rejected by 7 publishing houses (sound familiar??), it was published and became an international best seller in the 1970s. Don’t you love that??
Watership Down is a nearly 500-page novel following a small colony of rabbits’ epic journey to establish a new warren. The plot and writing are so good, you’ll completely forget you’re reading a novel about a group of little bunnies. Although Mr. Adam’s rabbits can talk, they are still rabbits who hop and dig and forage for food.
I can’t wait for you to meet Hazel, Fiver, Bigwig and Kehaar! This isn’t a baby, fairy story. It’s a novel of daring and survival, just right for your high school reader — or YOU!
There is a sequel Tales From Watership Down (288 pages).
High School reading level, 476 pages, Books for Boys, Published in 1972