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Watership Down author Richard Adams dies aged 96

The novel was made into an animated film in 1978.

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BRITISH AUTHOR RICHARD Adams, the author of the much-loved classic novel Watership Down, has died at the age of 96, a statement on the book’s website said today.

“Richard’s much-loved family announce with sadness that their dear father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away peacefully at 10pm on Christmas Eve,” the statement said.

The tear-jerking tale is about a group of rabbits searching for a new home after the destruction of their warren, encountering perils along the way.

The book, his first novel, was published in 1972, made into an animated film in 1978 and was later into a television series which ran from 1999 to 2001.

Richard Adams death Watership Down author Richard Adams, who has died aged 96, pictured in 1974. PA Wire / PA Images PA Wire / PA Images / PA Images

He told an interviewer that the book started out as a story he told his two young daughters during a long car journey and the novel is dedicated to them.

The book is taught in British schools and he even created “Lapine”, a fictional language, for it.

Adams also wrote Shardik and The Plague Dogs.

- © AFP, 2016

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