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Richard Adams was born in Newbury England in May of 1920 He was the youngest of three children a sister Katherine and a brother John Richard had had another brother but he died at the age of three from influenza Richard was his fathers favorite George Adams his dad spent most of his time with young Richard teaching him about all the nature in the area Richard grew up a few miles from the town of Newbury on a three acre piece of land with a house named Oakdene Richards father was a doctor at the local hospital in Newbury and his mother Lilian Rose Adams was a nurse Richard spent most of his childhood at home and out wandering around Newbury enjoying its beauty At about the age of 10 he was sent to the Horace Hill boarding school After a few years he was sent to another prep school Bradfield and at the age of 18 received a history scholarship to Oxford University At the age of 21 he was enlisted in the British Army Adams has produced a variety of different writings Along with his numerous novels Watership Down Shardik The Plague Dogs The Girl in a Swing Maia and Traveller Adams has also written books of short stories The Iron Wolf and Other Stories and The Unbroken Web As well he has done picture books in verse The Tyger Voyage and The Ships Cat and books on nature Nature Through the Seasons Nature Day and Night and A Nature Diary Adams first novel Watership Down is about a group of rabbits who leave their home because of disaster and go out in search of a new home On the way they encounter two other groups of rabbits One group lives life with a constant knowledge that they are just food for the neighboring farmer neglecting their own culture The other group lives so as to never be found by man and
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