Richard Adams, Author of “Watership Down,” Dies at age 96

Watership Down, first published in 1972, became one of the bestselling children’s books of all time and was made into an animated film in 1978. The book, which critics have credited with redefining anthropomorphic fiction with its naturalistic depiction of the rabbits’ trials and adventures, won Adams both the Carnegie medal and the Guardian children’s prize. The following titles are available through Talking Books.


Author: ADAMS, RICHARD, 1920-                             Original Date: 1990

The author of “Watership Down” (BR 2514, RD 9707) writes of growing up in the English countryside. Adams was influenced by his father, an amateur naturalist, and sprinkles his memoirs with references to the flora and fauna of his youth. Military service interrupts his studies at Oxford and alters his idyllic life as he mourns the wartime deaths of his friends. The memoirs end as young Adams meets his future wife.

DB   34326   DX   34326



Author: ADAMS, RICHARD, 1920-                             Original Date: 1980

Fablelike erotic story of mystery centers on Alan Deslandes, a quiet, thirtyish English bachelor who runs his father’s ceramic shop and a beautiful young German woman, Kathe, whom he impulsively marries. A  series of disturbing incidents suggest some form of evil is at work. Some strong language. Bestseller.

DB   15780   DX   15780


Title: MAIA

Author: ADAMS, RICHARD, 1920-                             Original Date: 1984

A sprawling tale of Bekla, a mythical decadent empire. Beautiful Maia’s nobleman lover lends her out to pleasure other men and to spy on them. Sent out to seduce a rebel leader, Maia falls in love with the handsome renegade and must betray either her country or her heart. Sequel to “Shardik” (BR 02852).

DB   21237   DX   21237



Author: ADAMS, RICHARD, 1920-                             Original Date: 1977

A dramatic novel of the struggle against evil demonstrates genuine concern for animals. Two talking dogs, a terrier and a mongrel tortured in an English government-owned medical laboratory, manage to escape. With the aid of a canny fox and their animal instincts, they survive. After an irresponsible journalist declares that the animals may be carriers of the bubonic plague, an intensive and cruel manhunt for the dogs begins. Strong language.

BR   03875      DB   11620            DX   11620



Author: ADAMS, RICHARD, 1920-                             Original Date: 1974

In this fantasy of adventure, horror, and romance the author of “Watership Down” tells of the gigantic bear Shardik and his appearance among the Ortelgan people, to whom he was a god.

BR   02852



Author: ADAMS, RICHARD, 1920-                           Original Date: 1965

Twenty-four years after writing “Watership Down” (DB 35730, BR 2514), Adams now offers nineteen short stories about the lives of the rabbits since they defeated General Woundwort. Many of the stories   focus on the hero El-ahriarah, and all deal with the theme of the human enemy versus the animal.

BR   10905            DB   43864            DX   43864



Author: ADAMS, RICHARD, 1920-                             Original Date: 1988

A combination of historical fiction and animal fable, this book by the author of “Watership Down” tells the story of the horse Traveller and “Marse Robert,” Robert E. Lee. Told in a southern dialect, the story begins with Traveller’s life as a young colt and examines the events of the Civil War.

BR   07470 DB   28136   DX   28136



Author: ADAMS, RICHARD, 1920-                             Original Date: 1982

Adams, the author of “Watership Down”, and Lockley, a renowned ornithologist, collaborate on a lyrical account of their extraordinary journey through the least-explored area on earth. They describe landscapes and icescapes that exist nowhere else on earth and the brilliance of the southern lights, as well as the astounding array of animals, birds, and sea creatures.

DB   19092   DX   19092



Author: ADAMS, RICHARD, 1920-                             Original Date: 1972

This is a story of rabbits–seen through their eyes, smelling the scents of the countryside and living their terrors and triumphs. It tells of a band of rabbits who set out bravely for a new home in the English countryside. They encounter many dangers and adventures along the way, and finally make it to safety after rescuing some does who become their mates.

BR   02514    BR   10851    DB   35730   DX   35730    3            LB   03217


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NLS Annotation:
Working-class English girl Louisa “Lou” Clark is hired as an aide to wealthy Will Traynor, a former mogul who has been paralyzed since a road accident. Lou tries to keep the embittered Will engaged with the world, while Will encourages Lou to expand her horizons. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2012.

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