Diary of a Young Naturalist
“Remarkable for almost too many reasons to name … Along with Greta Thunberg, [Dara McAnulty] is on his way to becoming one of the most visible environmental campaigners of his generation.”
—The Globe and Mail
BOOK OF THE YEAR: THE GUARDIAN
Winner of the 2020 Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing
Longlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction
“Brave, poetic, ethical, lyrical” (Robert Macfarlane), Diary of a Young Naturalistvividly explores the natural world from the perspective of an autistic teenager juggling homework, friendship, and campaigning for the environment.
Diary of a Young Naturalist chronicles the turning of fifteen-year-old Dara McAnulty’s world. From spring and through a year in his backyard in Northern Ireland, McAnulty spent the seasons writing. These stunning, evocative, and moving diary entries about his connection to wildlife and the way he sees the world are raw in their telling. Above all, Diary of a Young Naturalistportrays McAnulty’s intense connection to the natural world.