Fun Facts Friday: Richard Adams
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / June 9, 2017

Richard Adams (9 May, 1920 – 24 December, 2016) was a novelist from England who is known for his novel Watership Down. Books by Richard Adams* 1) Mr. Adams studied modern history in Worcester College, Oxford. 2) During World War II he was posted to the Royal Army Service Corps. 3) Mr. Adams was a career British Civil Servant. 4) Watership Down (1972) is one of the bestselling children’s books of all times. 5) An animated film of Watership Down was released in 1978. The them topped the UK charts for six weeks and was sung by Art Garfunkel. 6) The novel won Mr. Adams the Carnegie medal and the Guardian children’s prize. 7) Mr. Adams was head of the RSCSP (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) from 1980–82. 8) Other books by the author such as The Plague Dogs explored animal rights. 9) Netflix and the BBC are producing a new animated TV mini-series of Watership Down. 10) Mr. Adams lived most of his life within 10 miles of his birthplace. Books by Richard Adams* Zohar — Man of la Book *Ama­zon links point to an affil­i­ate account

Fun Facts Friday: Thomas Hardy
Latest Posts / June 2, 2017

Thomas Hardy (2 June, 1840 – 11 January, 1928) was an English poet and novelist. Mr. Hardy is considered a Victorian realist. Books by Thomas Hardy* 1) Mr. Hardy’s novels were very critical of Victorian society, especially on the way rural British people were treated. 2) William Wordsworth, a well-known English Romantic poet that helped launch the Romantic Age in English literature, was one of the people who influenced Mr. Hardy the most. 3) Even though now known for his novels, Mr. Hardy considered himself as a poet first. 4) Many of his novels are set in the region of Wessex, a fictional county based on the medieval Anglo-Saxon kingdom. Wessex includes real English counties. 5) The BBC’s survey The Big Read listed two of Thomas Hardy’s novels: Tess of the d’Urbervilles and Far from the Madding Crowd. 6) Thomas Hardy’s mother, Jemima, was well read and educated him until the age of eight, when he started formal schooling. 7) Mr. Hardy’s formal education ended at the age of 16, since his family did not have the funds to send him to a university. He became an apprentice to a local architect named James Hicks. 8) As an architect, Mr….

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