Richard Adams, Author of Watership Down Dies at 96


Richard Adams, the author best known for his largely influential novel Watership Down, has passed away on Christmas eve at the age of 96.

His films have been turned into films many times, including an animated film in 1978 and an animated series in the 1990s.


“Richard’s much-loved family announce with sadness that their dear father, grandfather, and great-grandfather passed away peacefully at 10pm on Christmas Eve,” as stated on Adam’s official website.

A famous quote from his novel said: “It seemed to Hazel that he would not be needing his body any more, so he left it lying on the edge of the ditch, but stopped for a moment to watch his rabbits and to try to get used to the extraordinary feeling that strength and speed were flowing inexhaustibly out of him into their sleek young bodies and healthy senses.”

“‘You needn’t worry about them,’ said his companion. ‘They’ll be alright – and thousands like them.’”

Memories and Comments

Someone had once made a comment to Joseph Heller, that Adams hadn’t written anything as good as Watership since, to which he responded: “Who has?” The book was quite a phenomenon at the time of its publication. It was over 400 pages long and targeted a wide audience of young and old alike.

It had since became a “cult classic.”

It had many film adaptations including an animated film in 1978, an animated series in the 1990s and a $100 million BBC/Netflix adaptation starring James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, John Boyega, and Ben Kingsley due in 2017.

Adams wrote about 20 other works, both fiction and nonfiction.

Adams also worked as a writer-in-residence at the University of Florida and later at Hollins University in Virginia, for which he received the inaugural Whitchurch Arts Award for inspiration in 2010 and an honorary doctorate by the University of Winchester.

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