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Multi award-winning and ground-breaking debut: Winner of Book of the Year, Narrative Non-Fiction ... Read More

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Multi award-winning and ground-breaking debut: Winner of Book of the Year, Narrative Non-Fiction at the British Book Awards 2021, Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing 2020; Books Are My Bag Non-Fiction Award 2020; Newcomer of the Year at the An Post Irish Book Awards 2020. Dara is the youngest ever winner of a major UK literary award.Perfect post-lockdown title for exploring the outdoors and nature, and coping with mental health issues. Dara shines a light on autism and how nature helped him overcome severe anxiety and depression.A future star with a significant following: Dara has 38k+ Twitter followers, with huge support from the nature community including Robert Macfarlane and Chris Packham. Dara has featured across all the broadsheets and tabloids, and has appeared on BBC Springwatch, Countryfile, Radio 4, and more. We are publishing his next book in 2022.For fans of award-winning nature writing: No One is Too Small to Make a Difference (255.4K PB), The Salt Path (253.3K PB), H is for Hawk (191K PB), The Shepherd's Life (177.3K PB), Wilding (121.4K PB), Fingers in the Sparkle Jar (70.8K PB), Underland (49.9K HB), The Outrun (54.3K PB).A leading breakout paperback campaign with huge support from booksellers, supermarkets and indies.

Dara McAnulty is a 18-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, among other titles, the Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing 2020 - making him the youngest ever winner of a major UK literary prize - the British Book Awards Narrative Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2021, the Books are My Bag Readers' Award 2020, and Newcomer of the Year, An Post Irish Awards 2020. 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.

WINNER OF BOOK OF THE YEAR, NARRATIVE NON-FICTION BRITISH BOOK AWARDS 2021

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

'Miraculous memoir . . . profoundly moving' Observer

'Dara is an extraordinary voice and vision: brave, poetic, ethical, lyrical' Robert Macfarlane

'It's a diary but essentially timeless . . . It's really, really special' Chris Packham

ALSO WINNER OF: THE WAINWRIGHT PRIZE FOR NATURE WRITING 2020, AN POST IRISH BOOK AWARD FOR NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR 2020, BOOKS ARE MY BAG READERS AWARDS FOR NON-FICTION 2020; SHORTLISTED FOR: WATERSTONES BOOK OF THE YEAR 2020 & LONGLISTED FOR: THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE 2020
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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.
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BIG ISSUE BOOK OF THE YEAR
HAY FESTIVAL BOOK OF THE YEAR
A TIMES NATURE BOOK OF THE YEAR

'An extraordinary diary' The Times

'A torrent of pure, unmediated fervour . . . This is writing at its wild and unruly best' Dr Rachel Clarke

'Diary of a Young Naturalist is not only one of the finest pieces of modern nature writing produced on this island in recent years, McAnulty is one of our best young writers in any genre' Irish Independent

'An exceptional new voice. Dara McAnulty celebrates nature in such a fresh way and illuminates
our understanding of autism' Martha Kearney, chair of the Baillie Gifford Prize 2020

'One of the most talented and passionate writers of our era' Steve Silberman, award-winning author of NeuroTribes
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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.It's a diary but essentially timeless. It's about enduring, it's about passion, beauty and connection. It's really, really special.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.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 feltLike reading William Blake or Ted Hughes, it really is a strange and magical experience...surely one of the most talked about nature books, or any books, this year

Product Details

Title: Diary of a Young Naturalist
Author: Dara McAnulty
SKU: BK0452890
EAN: 9781529109603
Language: English

About Author

Dara McAnulty is a 18-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, among other titles, the Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing 2020 - making him the youngest ever winner of a major UK literary prize - the British Book Awards Narrative Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2021, the Books are My Bag Readers' Award 2020, and Newcomer of the Year, An Post Irish Awards 2020. 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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