Tuesday, 27 December 2016

RIP Richard Adams

And yet another death has been announced - Richard Adams, the author of Watership Dawn, has died at the age of 96, his daughter has confirmed.

The poignant and at times unsettling children's classic was originally a tale the civil servant told his daughters on long car journey before he was persuaded to put pen to paper, turning it into a bestselling novel in 1972 after a series of rejections from short-sighted publishers. It went on to sell tens of millions of copies worldwide, won him the Carnegie Medal for children's fiction and, in 1978, it was adapted for cinema. A new four part CGI mini-series adaptation is also set to air on Netflix next year. Adams' other works include Shardik, The Plague Dogs (which was also turned into a film) and The Girl In a Swing.


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