The Private Life of the Rabbit Author:R. M. Lockley Mr. Lockley's research on the rabbit, undertaken as part of the Nature Conservancy's investigation of the myxomatosis plague, was a classic piece of field work. And since it was first published in 1965, The Private Life of the Rabbit has become an acknowledged classic of the literature of natural history. — Working with a small colony of rabbits... more », which he was able to study below ground as well as above by the use of glass-sided burrows, Mr. Lockley pieced together a detailed and fascinating picture of the creatures' extremely elaborate social life. His great gift as a writer is his ability to communicate, without anthropomorphism or sentimentality, his own enthusiasm and sense of wonder. As the reader comes to know Mr. Lockley's rabbits as individuals, active or lazy, bold or timid, he will share the author's amazement in finding that, in many ways, the surprising thing is that 'humans are so rabbit'.
In his introduction to this new edition Richard Adams generously acknowledges the extent to which he drew on this study in writing his famous bestseller Watership Down. He goes on to write: 'The Private Life of the Rabbit exemplifies what a work of natural history should be. It is the book of a true naturalist, of a keen, shrewd, but feeling mind and above all of a true - that is to say, a sensitive, painstaking and clearsighted - lover of this beautiful earth.'« less