Dara McAnulty Diary Of A Young Naturalist: Winner Of The Wainwright Prize For Nature Writing 2020

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Rediscover the outdoors and natural world with the multi-award winning phenomenon and youngest ever major literary prize winner in UK history.

Winner of: The Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing 2020, An Post Irish Book Award for Newcomer of the Year 2020, Booka Are My Bag Readers Awards for Non-Fiction 2020
Shortlisted for: British Books awards 2021, Waterstones Book of the Year 2020
Longlisted for: The Baillie Gifford Prize 2020

'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.

About the Author

Dara McAnulty is a 16-year-old autistic naturalist, conservationist and activist from Northern Ireland. After writing his online blog 'Naturalist Dara' for over three years and writing articles for many UK Wildlife NGOs, he published his debut book, Diary of a Young Naturalist which won the 2020 Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing, and was longlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize - the youngest ever author to do so.

Dara has featured on BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio Ulster, Springwatch, Countryfile, Homeground, BBC Bitesize, Observer, The Irish Times, the Irish Independent, Positive News and The Big Issue.

Dara is a passionate and fervent campaigner for the natural world and dedicated fundraiser, volunteer and wildlife recorder. He is the youngest ever winner of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Medal for services to conservation and nature. He is also the recipient of 10 Downing Street's 'Points of Light' and the winner of The Daily Mirror Young Animal Hero award. He lives with his family and Rosie the rescue-greyhound at the foot of the Mourne Mountains in County Down.

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'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.'
- Robert Macfarlane

'It's a diary but essentially timeless. It's about enduring, it's about passion, beauty and connection. It's really, really special.'
- Chris Packham

'Dara is only 16 and autistic, and is already on his way to becoming one of the most talented and passionate writers of our era.'
- Steve Silberman, author of Neurotribes

'A beautifully written, profoundly important classic of nature writing that will ignite a passion for the wild in every reader. A stunning achievement. I adored it.'
- Lauren St John

'Feeling illuminates every page of this miraculous memoir ... His portrait of loving parents raising three neurodivergent children on poetry, punk and puffins is profoundly moving ... intimate, sensitive, deeply felt'
- Observer

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