May 9, 2020

Celebrating the Centenary of Richard Adams

The centenary of Richard Adams’ birth

“All the world will be your enemy, Prince with a Thousand Enemies, and whenever they catch you, they will kill you. But first they must catch you, digger, listener, runner, prince with the swift warning. Be cunning and full of tricks and your people shall never be destroyed.”

    – Watership Down




Watership Down

By Richard Adams

Celebrate the centenary of Richard Adams’ birth, on May 9th, 2020 by reading the beloved classic children’s story. Richard Adams (1920–2016) grew up in Berkshire, England, the son of a country doctor. After an education at Oxford, he spent six years in the army and then went into the civil service. He wrote many novels and short stories, including Watership Down and Shardik.

One of the most beloved novels of our time, WATERSHIP DOWN, first published in 1972, is a stirring tale of adventure, courage, and survival.

Telling the story of an epic journey made against the odds, WATERSHIP DOWN is at once a simple childrens’ tale about rabbits, and an allegory addressing the vast subjects of freedom, subjection, authority, leadership, power and environmentalism. It is utterly original and unique, has won many awards and been adapted for television, radio, film and theatre numerous times.


Richard Adams


Praise For Watership Down

It’s a thrilling tale, and everything from the voice work to the direction aid in its multi-layered impact.

    – Ben Travers, Watership Down, TV series, IndieWire, Dec 2018

As much about freedom, ethics, and human nature as it is about a bunch of bunnies looking for a warm hidey-hole and some mates, Watership Down will continue to make the transition from classroom desk to bedside table for many generations to come.

    – Paul Hughes

Published around the world

UK: Penguin Books (paperback)
UK: Oneworld Publishers (illustrated)
US: Simon and Schuster
US: Blackstone Media (audio)
US: TenSpeed Press (graphic novel)
Bulgarian: Orange Books
Chinese Simplified: Shanghai Gaotan
Chinese Complex: Global Group Holdings
Czech: Argo
Danish: Gyldendal
Danish: Bechs Forlag – Viatone (audio and download)
Dutch: Meulenhoff Boekerij
Finnish: Werner Soderstrom Oy
French: Monsieur Toussant Louverture
German: Horbuch Hamburg (audio download)
Greek: Kedros
Hebrew: Ocean Publishing
Italian: Rizzoli
Japanese: Hyoron-sha
Korean: Sa Kye Jul
Norway: Cappelen Damm
Portuguese in Brazil: Editora Planeta
Polish: Wydawnictwo Literackie
Romanian: Editura Art
Russian: Azbooka Atticus
Slovak: Slovart
Spanish: Seix Barral
Swedish: Albert Bonniers
Turkish: Epsilon Yayincilik Hizmetleri Tic. Ve San Ltd
Ukranian: Ridna Mova (Machaon)
Vietnamese: Nha Nam Publishing

Watership Down Animated Series