I HATE “Bright Eyes”!

Back in 1979, when such a feat actually carried some weight, Art Garfunkel’s song Bright Eyes spent six consecutive weeks at the top of the UK Singles Chart after featuring on the soundtrack to the movie adaptation of the novel Watership Down. As a result of seemingly endless airplay, the song gripped the nation and became the country’s biggest seller of the year. One person who clearly didn’t buy a copy was the author of Watership Down, Richard Adams, who sent this note to Andrew Watkins in July of that year.

Note: ‘Shardik‘ was Adams’ next book.  


To Andrew Watkins

Many thanks for your super letter.

I HATE “Bright Eyes”!

I’m very glad you like “Shardik”, lots of people don’t.

I think to walk 20 miles at your age is marvellous.

Yours sincerely

Richard Adams