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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Commentary (novels not included). Pages: 29. Chapters: A Wind Is Blowing, Black Hunting Whip, Blitzcat, Cargo of Horses, Fire in the Punchbowl, Frenchman's Secret, Hidden in a Dream, No Entry (novel), No Going Back (novel), No Mistaking Corker, Operation Seabird, Punchbowl Harvest, Punchbowl Midnight, Spirit of Punchbowl Farm, Storm Ahead, Strangers to the Marsh, The Borrowers, The Cownappers, The Family from One End Street, The Ghost of Thomas Kempe, The Hoodwinkers, The Nightbird (novel), The Outsider (Edwards novel), The Summer of the Great Secret, The Wanderer (1953 novel), The White Riders, The Wild One (novel), Tom's Midnight Garden, Under the Rose, Watership Down, Wish for a Pony. Excerpt: Watership Down is a classic heroic fantasy novel, written by English author Richard Adams, published by Rex Collings Ltd of London in 1972. Set in south-central England, the story features a small group of rabbits. Although they live in their natural environment, they are anthropomorphised, possessing their own culture, language (Lapine), proverbs, poetry, and mythology. Evoking epic themes, the novel is the Aeneid of the rabbits as they escape the destruction of their warren and seek a place to establish a new home, encountering perils and temptations along the way. Watership Down was Richard Adams' first novel and it is by far his most successful to date. Although it was rejected by 13 publishers before Collings accepted it, Watership Down has never been out of print, and it is Penguin Books' best-selling novel of all time. It won the annual Carnegie Medal, annual Guardian Prize, and other book awards (below). It has been adapted as a 1978 animated film that is now a classic and as a 1999 to 2001 television series. Adams completed a sequel almost 25 years later, Tales from Watership Down (Random House, 1996; Hutchinson and Alfred A. Knopf imprints). It is a collection of 19 short stories about El-ahrairah and the rabbits of the Watership Down warren, with "Notes on Pronunciation" and "Lapine Glossary". The title refers to the rabbits' destination, Watership Down, a hill in the north of Hampshire, England, near the area where Adams grew up. The story began as tales that Richard Adams told his young daughters Juliet and Rosamund during long car journeys. As he explained in 2007, he "began telling the story of the rabbits ... improvised off the top of my head, as we were driving along." He based the struggles of the animals on the struggles he and his friends encountered during the Battle of Oosterbeek, Arnhem, the Netherlands in 1944. The daughters insisted he write it down-"they were very, very persistent". After some delay he began writing in the evenings and comp
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