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Diary of a Young Naturalist

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'This diary chronicles the turning of my world, from spring to winter, at home, in the wild, in my head.'

Evocative, raw and lyrical, this startling debut explores the natural world through the eyes of Dara McAnulty, an autistic teenager coping with the uprooting of home, school, and his mental health, while pursuing his life as a conservationist and environmental activist.

Shifting from intense darkness to light, recalling his sensory encounters in the wild - with blackbirds, whooper swans, red kites, hen harriers, frogs, dandelions, Irish hares and more - McAnulty reveals worlds we have neglected to see, in a stunning world of nature writing that is a future classic.

Diary of a Young Naturalist is a powerful and scintillating portrayal of the beauty of the natural world, as it shines a light on autism and of overcoming severe anxiety. It is a story of the binding love of family and home, and how we can help each other through the most difficult of times.


A preview of the book is available to view on the Penguin website here.


The Wainwright Prize for nature writing 2020 - Winner

Irish Book Awards: Newcomer of the Year 2020 - Winner

Books Are My Bag Readers Awards for Non-Fiction 2020 - Winner

Irish Book Awards: Ireland AM Popular Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2020 - Shortlisted

Irish Book Awards: RTÉ Radio 1 Listeners’ Choice Award 2020 - Shortlisted


Author: Dara McAnulty

Format: Paperback

Size: 12.6 x 19.7 cm, 240 pages

Publisher: Ebury Press

ISBN: 9781529109603

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