1st Edition HB 1990
1st US edition. Hardback with dustjacket.
Published in 1990 by "Alfred A. Knopf". Printer N/K. ISBN number 0679401172
1st paperback edition. Published in 1991 by "Penguin Books".
Printer N/K. ISBN number 0140147659
Hardback with dustjacket. First published by "Hutchinson" in 1990 in the UK.
Printed by "Butler & Tanner". Written by Richard Adams.
Autobiography of Richard Adams (author of Watership Down) who served with the
Seaborne Echelon of the Royal Army Service Corps as it attempted to reach the
troops at Arnhem. One of the characters in his book Watership Down is based on
Captain Dennis T. Kavanagh, who was in his company and went to Arnhem in
the first lift. Kavanagh was killed near the railway station at Oosterbeek.
Richard George Adams (born May 9, 1920) in Newbury, Berkshire is an English novelist
who is best known as the writer of three novels featuring animal characters,
in particular Watership Down and to a lesser extent Shardik and The Plague Dogs.
Life and work
Adams was born in Newbury, Berkshire. He served in the British Army from 1940 until 1946,
during World War II. He was given a Class B discharge to continue his studies and
in 1948 he received a master's degree from Worcester College at Oxford University.
He was a senior civil servant who worked as an Assistant Secretary for the Department
of Agriculture, later part of the Department of the Environment, from 1948 to 1974.
Since 1974, following publication of his second novel, Shardik, he has been
a full-time author.
He originally began telling the story of Watership Down to his two daughters,
Juliet and Rosamund, and they insisted he publish it as a book. It took two years
to write and was rejected by thirteen publishers. When Watership Down was finally
published, it sold over a million copies in record time in both the United Kingdom
and the United States. Watership Down has become a modern classic and won both the
Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Award for Children's Fiction in 1972.
To date, Adams' best-known work has sold over 50 million copies world-wide,
earning him more than all his other books put together.
As of 1982, he was President of the RSPCA.
He also contested the 1983 general election, standing as an Independent Conservative
in the Spelthorne constituency on a platform of opposition to fox hunting.
He now lives, with his wife, Elizabeth, within 10 miles of his birthplace.
He has two grown-up daughters, Juliet and Rosamund