Watership Down by Richard Adams

Watership Down is a heroic fantasy novel about a small group of rabbits, written by British author Richard Adams. Although the animals in the story live in their natural environment, they are anthropomorphised, possessing their own culture, language (Lapine), proverbs, poetry, and mythology. Evoking epic themes, the novel recounts the rabbits' odyssey as they escape the destruction of their warren to seek a place in which to establish a new home, encountering perils and temptations along the way. The novel takes its name from the rabbits' destination, Watership Down, a hill in the north of Hampshire, England, near the area where Adams grew up. The story is based on a collection of tales that Adams told to his young children to pass the time on trips to the countryside. Published in 1972, Watership Down was Richard Adams' first novel, and is by far his most successful to date. Though it was initially rejected by thirteen publishers before eventually being accepted by Rex Collings Ltd, Watership Down has never been out of print, and was the recipient of several prestigious awards.

The 327th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 40th on Waterstone's Books of the Century (LibraryThing)
  2. - 44th on Koen Book Distributors Top 100 Books of the Past Century (themodernnovel.com)
  3. - 60th on Harvard Book Store Staff's Favorite 100 Books (Harvard Book Store)
  4. - Världsbiblioteket (The World Library) (Tidningen Boken)
  5. - 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime (Amazon.com (UK))

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
Watership Down: Novel-Ties Study Guide Paperback 2079782 $16.95 1998
Tales from Watership Down Paperback 232492 $5.40 $2.58 2012
Watership Down: A Novel Paperback 11116 $9.31 $1.42 2005
Watership Down Audible Audiobook 937 $19.87 2019
Watership Down Paperback 1297100 $23.57 $16.37 2016
Unten am Fluss - 'Watership Down' Paperback 4494073 $14.18 $14.16 2019
Watership Down: Count with Fiver (Watership Down) Hardcover 1586258 $104.12 $0.99 2000
Watership Down Hardcover 53857 $22.94 $16.20 2014
Watership Down Paperback 1836034 $8.39 $8.09 2012
Unten am Fluss: Watership down Audible Audiobook 55248 $25.88 2018
Unten am Fluss - Watership Down (German Edition) Paperback 2802951 $10.34 $9.99 2008
Watership Down: Rabbits in Danger Paperback 2810137 $16.14 $0.01 1999
Watership Down Hardcover 59481 $18.27 $16.99 2005
Watership Down Mass Market Paperback 62060 $4.94 $0.01
Tales from Watership Down Hardcover 534971 $0.01
TALES FROM WATERSHIP DOWN. Paperback 4876789 $12.47
Watership down (German Edition) Paperback 691667 $2,842.01 $20.70 1998
Watership Down Mass Market Paperback 188539 $9.95 $0.01
Watership Down (Perennial Classics) Paperback 1419584 $5.05 $0.01 2001
Watership Down: A Novel Kindle Edition 9635 $11.68 2009
Watership Down (Scribner Classics) Hardcover 42201 $16.79 $4.75 2012
Watership Down Audio CD 366127 $25.17 $19.43 2010
Watership Down (Puffin Books) Paperback 936443 $8.52 $0.01 2007
Tales from Watership Down (Vintage) Kindle Edition 157903 $7.99 2011
Watership Down. Paperback 6179442 $22.07 2001
Watership Down Hardcover 289955 $119.99 $21.75
Tales from Watership Down Hardcover 3350395 $24.60 $17.00 1998
Watership Down Hardcover 1143541 $25.00
Watership Down Hardcover 326098 $38.99 $12.23
Watership Down Mass Market Paperback 458836 $13.33 $3.57
Watership Down: We Need More Rabbits Paperback 3229372 $27.96 $0.01 1999
Watership Down: Challenge to Efra Paperback 3671224 $14.92 $0.02 1999
WATERSHIP DOWN - AVON #19810 Paperback 1264960 $13.48 $0.01
Watership Down: Hazel the Brave Paperback 2083627 $1.54 $0.01 1999
Watership Down Hardcover 49775 $12.26 $11.80 2013
Kaninbjerget [Watership Down] Audible Audio Edition 30030 $17.95 2013
Tales from Watership Down Hardcover 394947 $3.95 $0.01 1996
[(Tales from Watership Down )] [Author: Richard Adams] [Dec-2012] Hardcover 911431 $33.92 $115.89 2012
Watership Down: Pipkin Makes a Friend Paperback 1632390 $32.97 $0.01 1999
Watership Down Paperback 1450094 $0.99
Watership Down Paperback 3131433 $18.00 $0.01 1973
Watership Down: Fiver's Dream Paperback 1814230 $48.55 $0.75 1999
Watership Down: Bigwig Learns a Lesson Paperback 1845329 $10.90 $0.01 1999
Watership Down: Escape to the Hills Paperback 1845594 $0.75 1999
Watership Down (Puffin Modern Classics) Paperback 1517480 $62.59 $0.48 1993
[(Watership Down )] [Author: Richard Adams] [Mar-2012] Paperback 1431913 $17.92 $19.16 2012
Watership Down Paperback 1752034 $60.07 $0.01
Tales from Watership Down Mass Market Paperback 785455 $2.38 $0.01 1998
Watership Down Hardcover 5175558 $21.35 1975
Watership Down Paperback 4468999 $0.74 1992
Unten Am Fluss Watership Down Paperback 8170544 $69.23 $2.58
Unten Am Fluss: Roman = Watership Down Hardcover 10913836 $56.02
Watership Down: Fiver's Bad Luck (Watership Down) Paperback 1559557 $14.89 2000
Watership Down: Hazel Raids the Farm (Watership Down) Paperback 1935332 $62.74 $0.77 2000
Watership Down: Hawkbit's Discovery (Watership Down) Paperback 1873932 $21.66 2000
Watership Down A Novel Paperback 37410 $16.21 $3.88 1975
Watership Down Paperback 1666714 $13.78 $0.01