“Requiescat in Pace” https://watership-down.com/2016/12/27/requiescat-in-pace/
“Watership Down author Richard Adams dies aged 96” http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-38446309
David Batty “Richard Adams, Watership Down author, dies aged 96” https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/dec/27/watership-down-author-richard-adams-dies-aged-96
Julia Eccleshare “Richard Adams obituary” https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/dec/27/richard-adams-obituary
The origins of Watership Down lay in stories Adams wrote down to entertain his daughters on long car journeys, based on his observation of rabbits from the train window on his daily commute to work. However, Adams himself did not categorise it as a children’s book. Once published, its evocation of the English countryside (the Downs near Adams’s home), combined with its detailed descriptions of rabbit society – much taken from RM Lockley’s The Private Life of the Rabbit (1964) – which includes a sharply observed study of leadership through the characters of Fiver, Bigwig and Hazel, made it as much a political allegory as a simple adventure story.