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Watership Down

Watership Down

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Timeless: The classic story of a colony of rabbits

  • ISBN: 978-0141354965
  • Genre: Childrens

What you need to know before your trail

In deep rural England, a warren of rabbits lives quite happily in the rural, remote landscape. They live a nice and peaceful life but one day one of the rabbits named Fiver gets a vision that their home is in danger from a land developer but they can’t seen to convince all of the rabbits. They are determined to find a save haven through and struggle to safe their family, friends and home from danger. And there are plenty of dangers for their warren has few female rabbits if any and so they will need the help of another warren if they are to survive at all.

Travel Guide

The very idea that there may well be a warren of rabbits desperately trying to save their home in deepest rural Berkshire is  a story which has endeared itself to children and adults for many years.

Richard Adams used Sandleford, on the outskirts of Newbury, West Berkshire, as the setting for their warren under attack. They then escape to  a newly formed warren they call Watership Down which is located in a Hampshire hill.

In this world, the rabbits speak “Lapine” , a fictional language which the author invented for the novel, and it gives an insight into how the rabbits see their world and the world around them.

The rabbits live in a dangerous world and their journey to freedom and safely is one of danger and fear. Bigwig and Silver are the strongest rabbits who along with Hazel,  try to lead the way. However there are even dangers from other rabbits such as Cowslip who is out to save his own skin rather than help the rest.

Watership Down is going to be the place they settle and create a new home. Will they see that their own warren, the Sandleford warren really was destroyed after all? Fiver had a vision which saved all of their lives despite the perilous journey it took them on.

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