Diary of a Young Naturalist
Diary of a Young Naturalist chronicles the turning of Dara McAnulty's world, from spring to summer, autumn to winter, on his home patch, at school, in the wild and in his head.
Evocative, raw and beautifully written, this very special book vividly explores the natural world from the perspective of an autistic teenager juggling homework, exams and friendships alongside his life as a conservationist and environmental activist.
With a sense of awe and wonder, Dara describes in meticulous detail encounters in his garden and the wild, with blackbirds, whooper swans, red kites, hen harriers, frogs, dandelions, skylarks, bats, cuckoo flowers, Irish hares and many more species.
The power and warmth of his words also draw an affectionate and moving portrait of a close-knit family making their way in the world.
Katie McGowan manages the translation rights for Diary of a Young Naturalist
Translation Rights Sold
This book is very pertinent. It's a diary but essentially timeless. It's about enduring, it's about passion, beauty and connection. It's really, really special.
Diary of a Young Naturalist a Waterstones paperback of the year
Michiko Kakutani and Dara McAnulty shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the Year 2020
An Post Irish Book Awards Shortlist 2020
Dara McAnulty wins the Wainwright Prize for UK Nature Writing 2020
The Wainwright Prize for UK Nature Writing Shortlist 2020