Richard Adams died today.
I appreciate that most of you might ask ‘who?’ and those of you know do know who he is will forever associate him with a book about rabbits.
Watership Down is my favourite book. Has been from almost as soon as I was old enough to read. I have over half a dozen copies of that book, and a beautiful copy of ‘Tales from Watership Down’ that was a gift from an ex and which I cherish.
Why do I love that book so much? Well, it’s in the simplicity of the tale telling. There are no complicated overly wordy messages. It’s simple, straight forward, and it makes you want to be a better person.
Complex social politics, survival and a dystopian novel that came before we even knew what dystopia was, Watership Down made us THINK. It made us consider our choices, between what is right and what is easy. It made us realise that the path before us isn’t the one we have to chose, and that we can all do great things, even if no one else notices.
It wasn’t just ‘a book about rabbits’.
It was a book that changed my life. A book that still makes me want to be a better, stronger person. A book about love, friendship and standing up for what is right, no matter the cost.
When they catch you, they will kill you….
but first they must catch you