Watership Down

Watership Down

Book - 1996
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Watership Down is the compelling tale of a group of wild rabbits struggling to hold onto their place in the world--now a Emmy Award-winning Netflix animated miniseries starring James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, and Oscar and Grammy award-winning Sir Ben Kingsley.

A phenomenal worldwide bestseller for more than forty years, Richard Adams's Watership Down is a timeless classic and one of the most beloved novels of all time. Set in England's Downs, a once idyllic rural landscape, this stirring tale of adventure, courage and survival follows a band of very special creatures on their flight from the intrusion of man and the certain destruction of their home. Led by a stouthearted pair of brothers, they journey forth from their native Sandleford Warren through the harrowing trials posed by predators and adversaries, to a mysterious promised land and a more perfect society.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 1996, c1972.
Edition: First Scribner classics edition
ISBN: 9780684836058
Branch Call Number: j F ADAMS R
Characteristics: ix, 429 pages : map ; 25 cm.


Featured Blogs and Events

A Walk in the Woods with John Hooge

Good books and walks in the woods are the only things keeping me sane during the pandemic, so I jumped at the opportunity to tromp around one recent morning with the author of a book I had just finished.  It was during walks just like this that Lawrencian John Hooge began dreaming up his Leafensong nature fantasy series, part one of which, First Telling, was published last fall, with a sequel… (more)

From Library Staff

Before Redwall, there was the classic Watership Down. A warren of special rabbits are faced with the destruction of their home in a somewhat dystopian tale.

From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
LoganLib_Phoebe Jul 27, 2020

I chose to reread this book by listening to the audiobook version read by Peter Capaldi. He brought out aspects of the story I hadn't noticed when I had read it and he gave each character a very distinct voice. There is so much in this book about leadership, facing challenges, conservation and courage. It is a fantastic story that I loved when I was in my teens and love even more now.

Jun 23, 2020

I LOVE this book. It was so hard to put down!

JCLVanessaT Mar 30, 2020

I first read this book as an 18 year old freshman in college, and it is one I am still reading today as a 30+ person of many life experiences. Watership Down is a book I come back to every year, and is one of the few that holds a permanent space on my bookshelf. Well written, it's a story of struggle, triumph, personal and group growth. It's a story that speaks about believing in yourself even in your own uncertainty. Every character has an integral role to play in the whole, no matter how insignificant it may seem. It's about preserving despite your flaws and the power of companionship. And yet, it's not overt about it. It's so naturally woven into the story that you almost don't realize *why* it touches you so much. There is something that speaks to me about the characters and their journey every time I read this book. It seems to apply to every stage of life. The anthropomorphism is very well done. Connecting to the human emotion, yet still leaving the believability of the characters being wild rabbits intact. As entertaining and advernterous as it is touching, I highly recommend this book!

Mar 12, 2020

The Netflix series is soooo good too!!! The end credits song for it matches the series perfectly

Feb 12, 2020

Reminded me of Clockwork Orange with rabbits. Took 42 years to read in two weeks.

Jan 13, 2020

Simply put, this is my favorite book of all time. I first read it in elementary school (although I don't recommend it for most young children due to the themes, violence, and vocabulary level) and have re-read it many times since. Depending on what stage of life I'm in, I get something new and different out of it each time. On the surface, it's some rabbits going on an adventure. As I've matured and broadened my horizons, I've uncovered a wealth of other threads running through the book: bravery, community, leadership, starting over, recovering, mourning, utopia and dystopia, resisting fascism, war, peace, aging, family, hope, and more. And that's the beauty of Watership Down: you can read it on so many levels. The characters (expecially Hazel, Fiver, and Bigwig) are like old friends I never tire of revisiting, and Woundwort is one of the most intimidating villains I've encountered. Watership Down is a true epic, and writing this review reminds me that I'm overdue to dig out my much-loved, underlined, dog-eared paperback copy and re-(re-re-re-re-re-re)read it again.

Nov 01, 2019

I loved this book!

Sep 27, 2019

General Woundwart: Epic and terrifying. So glad my pet rabbits have never taken after him.

Sep 26, 2019

I enjoyed this book.
There are a lot of characters sometimes to many to remember.
The pacing in some parts isn't the greatest but overall its a good book.

Mar 10, 2019

My favorite book ever!!! 10/5!!! My favorite chars are Blackberry, Hyzenthlay, and Campion!

View All Comments


Add Age Suitability
Jun 25, 2020

venymae thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

May 04, 2020

JackieDaytona thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

Apr 01, 2019

Rubilil thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 11 and 14

Mar 14, 2018

gomiami1972 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

Aug 26, 2017

Daphne135791 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

Jun 30, 2017

Lostluck thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

Jun 17, 2014

blue_cat_5165 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

Sep 29, 2011

pattrik thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

Apr 02, 2009

awake88 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages


Add a Summary
FavouriteFiction Sep 30, 2009

Chronicles the adventures of a group of rabbits searching for a safe place to establish a new warren where they can live in peace.


Add Notices
Oct 14, 2017

Violence: Rabbits attack and bite each other, and one character is caught in a snare and nearly chokes to death. Another character's ears are ripped to shreds by other rabbits.


Add a Quote
Mar 14, 2018

Going tharn.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at LPL

To Top