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Richard Adams Biography

Born May 9th, 1920 in Newbury, Berkshire, England Richard Adams is a well-known English author. He is most famous for his worldwide classic Watership Down.

He went to Worcester College in Oxford however shortly after the declaration of the war between the UK and Germany in July 1940 Adams was called up to join the British Army. He served his country in Palestine, Europe and the Far East where he worked as a brigade liaison. During his time serving he saw no direct action against the Germans or the Japanese so he began writing fiction every chance he got during this time. 



When he was released from service in 1946 Adams began telling the story of Watership Down to his daughters who immediately insisted that he publish his story into a book. After 2 years in which it took to write the book and after being turned down by 4 publishers and 3 writing agencies his book was finally picked up by Rex Collings. Once the book was published it gained international fame almost instantly.

Adams has recently celebrated his 92nd birthday in 2010. He celebrated with a party in his hometown of Whitchurch, Hampshire where Sir George Young presented him with a beautiful painting made by a local artist. Adams wrote a poem celebrating his home where he has for the past 28 years. Just before his 90th birthday, he wrote a new story for a book Gentle Footprints to raise funds for the charity called The Born Free Foundation. 

Adams currently lives happily with his wife, Elizabethin Whitchurch, Hampshire, within 10 miles of his birthplace. Their daughters, to who Adams told the first tales that became Watership Down, are named Juliet and Rosamond. Currently he has six grandchildren named Lucy, Miranda, Sara, Maeve, Robert, and Grace.

Adams has won many awards for his works. He has won both the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. He is only one of six others to do so. He has also won the inaugural Whitchurd Award and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1975.

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Richard Adams on the Web

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Books by Richard Adams

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Below is a list of Adam’s completed works: 

Single Books 

Watership Down: A story about Fiver, a young rabbit who also happens to be a seer has a terrifying vision of his warren's imminent destruction. When he and his brother Hazel fail to convince their chief rabbit of the need to evacuate them get sent out on their own with a small band of rabbits to search for a new home. The travelling group of rabbits finds itself follow the l 

Leadership of Hazel. They travel through dangerous territory, with Bigwig and Silver, both former Owsla, as the strongest rabbits among them. Eventually they meet a rabbit named Cowslip, who invites them to join his group. However, when Bigwig is nearly killed in a wire trap the rabbits realize the residents of the new group are simply using them to increase their own chances of survival. 

Shardik 

Nature Through Seasons

The Tyger Voyage 

The Plague Dogs 

The Ship’s Cat 

Nature Day and Night 

The Girl In A Swing 

The Iron Wolf and Other Stories 

The Legend of Te Tuna 

Voyage Through the Antarctic 

Maia 

A Nature Diary 

The Bureaucats 

Traveller 

The Outlandish Knight 

Daniel 

 

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