Diary of a Young Naturalist (Hardcover)

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Rrecommended by Percy

"Dara McAnulty writes about his life, his autism, and his activism.  Nature is what grounds him, and in this book, he writes about a year in his life and the natural world around him.  His eye for detail and, some would say obsession, for nature, lets us know  He also lets us into his mind, and, as a teenager, he has many questions and doubts, where he feels safe (nature/home) and not so safe (school/crowds).  He also ponders whether he is doing enough to make his voice heard with his eco-activism.  A charming, intimate look into one teenager's life and how he is trying to cope with, and do better, in this crazy world we live in."--Reviewed by Percy


A BuzzFeed Best Book of June 2021

From sixteen-year-old Dara McAnulty, a globally renowned figure in the youth climate activist movement, comes a memoir about loving the natural world and fighting to save it.

Diary of a Young Naturalist chronicles the turning of a year in Dara's Northern Ireland home patch. Beginning in spring--when "the sparrows dig the moss from the guttering and the air is as puffed out as the robin's chest"--these diary entries about his connection to wildlife and the way he sees the world are vivid, evocative, and moving.

As well as Dara's intense connection to the natural world, Diary of a Young Naturalist captures his perspective as a teenager juggling exams, friendships, and a life of campaigning. We see his close-knit family, the disruptions of moving and changing schools, and the complexities of living with autism. "In writing this book," writes Dara, "I have experienced challenges but also felt incredible joy, wonder, curiosity and excitement. In sharing this journey my hope is that people of all generations will not only understand autism a little more but also appreciate a child's eye view on our delicate and changing biosphere."

Winner of the Wainwright Prize for UK nature writing and already sold into more than a dozen territories, Diary of a Young Naturalist is a triumphant debut from an important new voice.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781571311801
ISBN-10: 1571311807
Publisher: Milkweed Editions
Publication Date: June 8th, 2021
Pages: 224
Language: English