I read Watership Down as a trip down memory lane as I adored the film as a child and thought, as an adult, I would be more emotionally equipped to take on the rabbits’ plight. As a child this was a fascinating story about rabbits trying to find a new home but reading as an adult I found much greater depth to the story.
Richard Adams’ saga is a classic for a reason and his skill of humanising the characters in their thoughts and feelings often left me forgetting that they were animals. He brings into question the artificial life caged animals endure and the effect humans can have on nature.
Even though I knew the plot and how it was going to end I still thoroughly enjoyed the book. I would recommend this book as it is a rare one that can be enjoyed by all regardless of age or genre preference.
Content warning: This book depicts animals in distress.
Kate, Membership Officer at Mind