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Richard Adams

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Richard Adams
Richard Adams reads from Watership Down
Richard Adams reads from Watership Down
BornRichard George Adams
(1920-05-09)9 May 1920
Newbury, Berkshire, England
Died24 December 2016(2016-12-24) (aged 96)
Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
Notable worksWatership Down
Notable awardsCarnegie Medal
Guardian Prize

Richard George Adams (9 May 1920 – 24 December 2016) was an English author. His most famous book, Watership Down, began as a story to tell his daughters.[1] Adams won both important British children's book awards, the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize.

Adams was in the British Army during World War II. Later he joined the British Civil Service. Two years after Watership Down was published, Adams became a full-time author. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1975.[2]

Adams died on 24 December 2016 at the age of 96 in Oxford, England from complications of a blood disorder.[3]

Select books[change | change source]

  • Watership Down
  • Shardik
  • Nature Through the Seasons
  • The Tyger Voyage
  • The Plague Dogs
  • Voyage Through the Antarctic (with Ronald Lockley)
  • Daniel (2006) ISBN 1-903110-37-8

References[change | change source]

  1. "Richard Adams: Forever animated by the life of animals". The Independent. London. 16 May 2010.
  2. "Current RSL Fellows". Royal Society of Literature. Archived from the original on 2 October 2012. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  3. Harrison Smith (28 December 2016). "Richard Adams, best-selling British author of 'Watership Down,' dies at 96". Washington Post. Retrieved 30 December 2016.