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Diary of a Young Naturalist


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An astonishing, evocative exploration of the natural world and all its wonders, by 15-year-old conservationist and rising literary star Dara McAnulty.

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Dara lives with his mum, dad, brother Lorcan, sister Blathnaid and rescue greyhound Rosie in County Down, Northern Ireland. Dara's love for nature, his activism and his honesty about autism, has earned him a huge social media following from across the world and many accolades- in 2017 he was awarded BBC Springwatch 'Unsprung Hero' Award and Birdwatch magazine 'Local Hero'; in 2018 he was awarded 'Animal Hero' of the year by the Daily Mirror and became ambassador for RSPCA and the iWill campaign; in 2019 he became a Young Ambassador for the Jane Goodall Institute and became the youngest ever recipient of the RSPB Medal for conservation.


'McAnulty's writing glows with his deep sympathy for the natural world.' * Tim Flannery *
'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 *
'We share a mind, a fascination with nature and a forthright desire to make the world a better place for it. I can't wait to read Dara's book.' * Chris Packham *
'Our planet and its wildlife are in a dire state, but if anyone can help save them, Dara can - and he's bringing our generation along with him.' * Bella Lack *
'A joyous celebration of beauty and wonder. McAnulty's powerful connection with the natural world is both inspiration and rallying cry.' * Inga Simpson *
'Diary of a Young Naturalist is a special book indeed. Candid, beautifully written and astonishingly mature for one so young, it vividly conveys its author's intense connection to the natural world.' * Bookseller *
'Wise, lyrical and well-researched...reading this marvellous diary leaves me with the impression that whatever the future holds, with young people like McAnulty coming to the fore it will be in safer hands.' * Irish Times *
'Captivating...[Dara McAnulty's] diary covers everyday events under the panoply of the eternal natural world...a brilliant achievement.' * Age/Sydney Morning Herald *
'The depth of [McAnulty's] feeling illuminates every page of this miraculous memoir.' * Observer *
'An impassioned and original plea for protection for 'our delicate and changing biosphere'...[a] lovely and remarkable book.' * Spectator *
'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...This memoir is a shimmering, tactile thing that is almost as notable for what it says about the human world as the wild.' * Independent *
'[Dara McAnulty] weaves magic through his stories.' * SA Weekend *
'McAnulty is an extraordinary writer, and every page of this book thrums with life and feeling, every paragraph seems like some bud coming into eloquent flower.' * Herald *
'I was drawn in from the first page; the descriptive language is so beautiful, and the feelings that are expressed will resonate with anyone who longs for a better connection with the natural world, and a better response to climate change.' * ReadPlus Reviews *
'A torrent of pure, unmediated fervour-think the poetry of Dylan Thomas in prose form...This is writing at its wild and unruly best; McAnulty's prose is shot through with the imagination of a poet.' * Lancet *
'Extraordinarily beautiful...If you love nature writing, then you must get your hands on this delightful book.' * Readings *
'Diary of a Young Naturalist is a field guide for anyone, young or old, and no matter where they live, wanting to explore the natural world and their relationship with it.' * Herald Sun *

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