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Author of Watership Down Richard Adams dies aged 96

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The author of Watership Down, Richard Adams, has died aged 96.

The story became one of the best selling children's books of all times and was made into a cartoon in the 1970s.

Set in southern England, the book was based on the experiences of a small group of rabbits who possess their own culture, language, proverbs, poetry, and mythology.

The story follows the rabbits as they escape the destruction of their warren and seek a place to establish a new home, encountering perils and temptations along the way.

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Adams was born on 9 May 1920 in Wash Common near Newbury, Berkshire, England.

In July 1940, Adams was called up to join the British Army to serve during the Second World War.

He served in Palestine, Europe and the Far East but saw no direct action against either the Germans or the Japanese.

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