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.
Title: DAY GONE BY: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY
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
Title: GIRL IN A SWING
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
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
Title: PLAGUE DOGS
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.
Title: TALES FROM WATERSHIP DOWN
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
Title: VOYAGE THROUGH THE ANTARCTIC
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
Title: WATERSHIP DOWN
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