'Watership Down' author Richard Adams dies aged 96
British author Richard Adams, whose book 'Watership Down' became a classic of children's literature, has died at the age of 96.
His daughter Juliet Johnson announced yesterday that Mr Adams died on Christmas Eve.
A statement on the official website for 'Watership Down' said Mr Adams's children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren announced his death "with sadness".
His tale about the plight of rabbits whose home was under threat was published in 1972 and became an astonishing success.
Mr Adams dreamed up the elements of the novel while working as a civil servant and telling his daughters Juliet and Rosamond bedtime stories about rabbits.
The book has since sold tens of millions of copies and was made into a film, with a remake scheduled for next year.