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Diary of a Young Naturalist

Diary of a Young Naturalist

Dara McAnulty

  • awardWinner, Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing, United Kingdom, 2020
  • awardWinner, Non-Fiction, Books Are My Bag Reader's Award, United Kingdom, 2020
  • awardWinner, Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year, Irish Book Awards, Ireland, 2020
  • awardShortlisted, Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction, United Kingdom, 2020
  • awardShortlisted, Waterstones Book of the Year Award, United Kingdom, 2020
  • awardShortlisted, Narrative Non-fiction, British Book Awards, United Kingdom, 2021
  • Diary of a Young Naturalist chronicles the turning of 15-year-old Dara McAnulty’s world. From spring and through a year in his home patch in Northern Ireland, Dara spent the seasons writing. These vivid, evocative and moving diary entries about his connection to wildlife and the way he sees the world are raw in their telling.

    Diary of a Young Naturalist portrays Dara’s intense connection to the natural world, and his perspective as a teenager juggling exams and friendships alongside a life of campaigning. ‘In writing this book,’ Dara explains, ‘I have experienced challenges but also felt incredible joy, wonder, curiosity and excitement. In sharing this journey my hope is that people of all generations will not only understand autism a little more but also appreciate a child’s eye view on our delicate and changing biosphere.’


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    Dara McAnulty
    About the Author

    Dara McAnulty is a naturalist, conservationist and activist from Northern Ireland. He’s received many awards for his conservation work, including from BBC Springwatch, the Daily Mirror and Birdwatch magazine. He’s written and presented numerous natural history programs for BBC radio and television, and is an ambassador for the RSPCA, the iWill...

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    ‘McAnulty’s writing glows with his deep sympathy for the natural world.’

    ‘Dara’s is an extraordinary voice and vision: brave, poetic, ethical, lyrical, strong enough to have made him heard and admired from a young age.’

    ‘Captivating…[Dara McAnulty’s] diary covers everyday events under the panoply of the eternal natural world…a brilliant achievement.’

    ‘The depth of [McAnulty’s] feeling illuminates every page of this miraculous memoir.’

    Other editions ofDiary of a Young Naturalist
    • Diary of a Young Naturalist
      ISBN: 9781925923445
      25 May 2020
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    • Diary of a Young Naturalist
      ISBN: 9781922458261
      3 August 2021