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Tales from Watership Down Hardcover – 5 Sep 1996


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Hutchinson; First edition (5 Sept. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091801664
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091801663
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 2.1 x 16 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 144,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard George Adams (born 9 May, 1920) is an English novelist best known as the author of Watership Down.

He originally began telling the story of Watership Down to his two daughters, and they insisted he publish it as a book. 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 Children's Fiction Prize in 1972.

Others of his books include Shardik, Maia, Tales from Watership Down, The Girl in a Swing and The Plague Dogs, the last two of which, together with Watership Down, have been filmed. His goal is to tell a good story, ideally one so good you can't put it down!

Richard Adams currently lives in Hampshire, England. He has written about his childhood and youth, including the time he served in the army in World War II, in 'The Day Gone By'.

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'Utterly captivating.' (PEOPLE)

'A return to the rabbit world so memorably conjured by Richard Adams in Watership Down ... Affectionate, compelling, and oddly convincing.' (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

'It's grand to see Mr Adams's characters again.' (The New York Times Book Review)

'An exercise in enchantment ... Adams is a master of characterisation and description – and his rabbit vocabulary is priceless ... Tales from Watership Down is the sort of work that can transport the reader to a parallel existence.' (The Baltimore Sun) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Richard Adams is the author of many bestselling novels, including Watership Down (1974), Shardik (1976), The Plague Dogs (1978), The Girl in a Swing (1980), Maia (1985), and Traveller (1988), as well as several works of non-fiction, including his autobiography, The Day Gone By (1991). The winner of the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Award for Children's Literature, he currently lives in Hampshire, England.

Clive Andrew Mantle is best known for playing general surgeon Dr Mike Barrett in the BBC hospital drama series Casualty and Holby City in the 1990s, and is also noted for his role as Little John in the cult 1980s fantasy series Robin of Sherwood. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Mar. 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is not a chronological sequel to "Watership Down." Instead, it is a series of stories on the lives of our lapine heros and a collection of their myths about El-ahrairah. I like the myths as they provide insight into rabbit religion and values: community values. The stories of Hazel and the others in the warren are like letters from friends. As the companion of a pet rabbit named Hayzeal, the sentiment of these stories rings true. For the true friend of the Watership Down rabbits, Tales from Watership Down is indispensable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. J. Crossley on 19 Mar. 2008
Format: Hardcover
If you have read Watershipdown and really enjoyed it then you should definately think about reading this. great little stories about the rabbits. some intrigueing, some whimsical others Blackly horrorfying.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. H. Sweet on 5 Jun. 2005
Format: School & Library Binding
This book is not very similar to the original novel, which is what I think makes it so interesting and worthwhile to read. I definitely prefer the original, but I believe this work has something important to say. Each of the tales is worthy of the telling and the reading.
I probably will not re-read this as I have the original work, but I don't think I should be comparing this novel to the original one in this review. This is good storytelling in-and-of itself and does not need to be put side-by-side with Watership Down.
The shorter tales are excellent quick reading, and make this an easier book to pick up and put down in our busy lives. Much of what the author is saying in these tales is incredibly fascinating. I was particularly drawn to the paradox that the man-smell, which the rabbits would generally use as a reason to outcast one of their own, is actually what saves the warren. The wisdom of the characters to recognize this is nicely woven into the tale. As with his other works, Richard Adams shows incredible insight into our natural world, especially that of community living animals. It is nice to see humanity in these creatures or, rather, theirs reflected in us. (I am not sure which is more accurate.)
This is a nice collection of touching tales that definitely have something significant to say. As long as readers are not expecting a repeat of the original book, I believe this will be an enjoyable experience. Just don't expect it to read like a sequel.
J.H. Sweet, author of The Fairy Chronicles
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Jan. 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is such a brilliant book. I have read this book more the eight times. I thought no other book could be as good as Watership Down. I was wrong. And if Richard Adams is reading this please write More Tales from Watership Down. I would buy it
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Miss J Gray on 21 Aug. 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a lovely book for those who already love 'Watership Down'. Though not a chronological sequel - you get to meet characters that you love from the original book and get to know them better - in many ways.
As there are separate stories in this book, not a one long story - it maybe doesn't grasp you in the same way, but it is just as philosophical and thoughtful as 'Watership Down' itself.
Read it with my son when he was about 7 - he had no problems with the book. However - we both LOVED 'Watership Down' - so any continuation was very welcome.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By married with children on 23 Nov. 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Having reread the book it is interesting to read more of some of the characters but this is not a sequel, just extra padding. Not a cracking good read but a collection of short stories about El-ahrairah, Hazel, Hyzanthlay etc. Largely consistent with the original although the one re the rabbit that smelt of mankind made me wonder how the hutch rabbits were assimilated so easily in the main book.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By white rabbit on 10 Aug. 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A wonderful extension to the original book, with more folk tales and a few stories of the water ship down rabbits themselves, a wonderful read and would recommend to anyone who loves Waterston down!
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