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About the Author: Richard Adams

Adams was born in Newbury, Berkshire. From 1933 until 1938 he was educated at Bradfield College. In 1938 he went up to Worcester College, Oxford to read Modern History. On 3 September 1939 Neville Chamberlain announced that the United Kingdom was at war with Germany. In 1940 Adams joined the British Army, in which he served until 1946. He received a class B discharge enabling him to return to Worcester to continue his studies for a further two years (1946-48). He took the degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1948 and of Master of Arts in 1953.[2]

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 Children's Fiction Prize 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, in Whitchurch, Hampshire, Hampshire, within 10 miles (16 km) of his birthplace.


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Paperback, Published in Mar 2008 by Paul List Verlag

ISBN10: 354860806X | ISBN13: 9783548608068

Page count: 654

Unten am Fluss - nur scheinbar eine Tiergeschichte, doch eigentlich ein Spiegelbild der menschlichen Gesellschaft, eine Parabel über den langen, mühsamen Weg in die Freiheit.

Richard Adams erzählt die spannende Geschichte vom Alltag und Leben in einem Kaninchengehege und von den Helden dieser kleinen Welt, wie dem mutigen Kaninchen Bigwig, dem klugen Hazel und dem hellseherischen Fiver. Sie brechen mit ihren Freunden zu einer gefährlichen und abenteuerlichen Reise auf, um ihr Gehege vor dem Aussterben zu bewahren. Die Kaninchen geraten in einen Krieg mit ihrem gewissenslosen Artgenossen General Woundwort, der seine Untertanen wie Sklaven behandelt und tyrannisiert. Zusammen mit der Möwe Kehaar nehmen sie den Kampfe gegen den General auf und es gelingt ihnen, mehrere Kaninchenweibchen aus seinen Fängen zu befreien. Doch schon nimmt Woundwort die Verfolgung der Flüchtlinge auf und droht, deren Heimat zu zerstören. Wird es ihnen gelingen, Woundwort zu besiegen?

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