Watership Down author Richard Adams dies aged 96 -


The author of Watership Down, Richard Adams, has died aged 96, his daughter has said.

Juliet Johnson said her father had been "ailing for some time" but "died peacefully" on Christmas Eve.

Watership Down, a children's classic about a group of rabbits in search of a new home after their warren was destroyed, was first published in 1972.

Adams was 52 when he wrote it, after first telling the story to his two daughters on a long car journey.

It went on to become a best-seller, with tens of millions of copies bought around the world.


I had to read this book in high school. I hated it. It was longer than it should have been, and the 1984 references with rabbit gibberish was exceptional. Still, RIP.

The movie however was a not-for-kids furfest so violent that it was hilarious, and the best 1970s non-Japanese animation alongside Ftitz the Cat and the Dr. Seuss TV specials.
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Never read the book but the movie is something all children under ten should be forced to watch. 96 is a pretty good run.


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My heart has joined the thousand, for my friend stopped running today.

I read Watership Down and Plague Dogs during my youth and when I got older the two accompanying films really shaped me the fuck up.

The ending of Plague Dogs is amazing by the way, the two dogs try to swim to an island but it's left intentionally omitted to what happened next.
All I gotta say is that when Adams decided to reveal the ending of Plague Dogs it kind of spoiled it for me.

Watership Down should be watched around 13, Plague Dogs is very traumatising for anyone. Literally seeing people dying from a jack terrier misfiring a gun.
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