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Diary of a Young Naturalist

Diary of a Young Naturalist

Dara McAnulty

Winner of the Wainwright Prize 2020 for UK Nature Writing

Signed copies available while stocks last

Diary of a Young Naturalist chronicles the turning of 15-year-old Dara McAnulty's world. From spring and through a year in his home patch in Northern Ireland, Dara spent the seasons writing. These vivid, evocative and moving diary entries about his connection to wildlife and the way he sees the world are raw in their telling. "I was diagnosed with Asperger's/Autism aged five ... By age seven I knew I was very different, I had got used to the isolation, my inability to break through into the world of talking about football or Minecraft was not tolerated. Then came the bullying. Nature became so much more than an escape; it became a life-support system." Diary of a Young Naturalist portrays Dara's intense connection to the natural world, and his perspective as a teenager juggling exams and friendships alongside a life of campaigning.

We will have limited signed stock from the first print run. WILD Sounds & Books will donate 10% to Dara's charity of choice, Wild Justice, for all copies sold. The only exception to this being sales via Norfolk Wildlife Trust events, who will benefit from the sale in this instance.

"One of the most cathartic books I have ever read. I cried throughout the book remembering the school bullies, both scholars and teachers, from over 50 years ago. But the tears of renewed despair were turned to healing tears by Dara reminding me of my love of wildlife and wild spaces. Birding helped me get through the dark times then and continues to nurture me today. Thank you Dara."

 - Duncan Macdonald, WILD Sounds & Books

224 pages.

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Softback due end April 2021 £9.99 £8.99
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