Exquisite… a treasured keepsake for those whose original version has become tattered, and a delightful introduction to a new generation
Illustrated editionRichard Adams
A phenomenal worldwide bestseller for over forty years, Richard Adams’ spellbinding classic Watership Down is one of the best-loved novels of all time. Set in the beautiful English countryside of the Berkshire Downs, a once idyllic rural landscape, this stirring tale of adventure, courage, and survival follows a band of very special rabbits fleeing the destruction of their home by a developer. Led by a stout-hearted pair of brothers, they leave the safety of Sandleford Warren in search of a safe haven and a mysterious promised land, skirting danger at every turn.
A book that resonates as vividly today as it did nearly half a century ago, this keepsake Oneworld Classic edition showcases more than twenty sumptuous, evocative paintings from Aldo Galli, an illustrator chosen by Richard Adams himself.
'This new edition is quite spectacular'
‘Watership Down is stunning, compulsive reading.’
'A great book. A whole world is created, perfectly real in itself, yet constituting a deep incidental comment on human affairs.'
‘This beautifully written and intensely moving story is the work of an extraordinary imagination.’
‘An impressive, immensely readable story, held together over 400 pages by a powerful imagination that soon forbids disbelief.’
'A gripping story of rebellion in a rabbit warren and the subsequent adventures of the rebels. Adams has a poetic eye and a gift for storytelling which will speak to readers of all ages for many years to come.'
'A masterpiece. The best story about wild animals since The Wind in the Willows. Very funny, exciting, often moving.'
‘This lovely, lovely novel will join those classics which preserve the simpler joys... and there is the wonder of the English countryside, seen with the ground-level detail of a rabbit’s eye and ear and nose, the scent and savour of short, sweet grass, the aromatic tiny wild plants, their names used like charms.’
‘Quite marvelous... A powerful new vision of the great chain of being.’
‘A classic... A great book.’
‘Spellbinding...Marvelous...A taut tale of suspense, hot pursuit and derring-do.’