Diary of a Young Naturalist - Dara McAnulty
‘It’s really, really special.’ Chris Packham
‘An extraordinary voice and vision’ Robert Macfarlane
‘One of the most talented and passionate writers of our era’ Steve Silberman
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.
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.
“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.”
Size: 225mm x 150mm
Jacket artwork and endpapers by Barry Falls
Illustrated with family photographs
- WINNER OF THE 2020 WAINWRIGHT PRIZE FOR NATURE WRITING
- WINNER OF THE AN POST IRISH BOOK AWARD FOR NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR 2020
- WINNER OF THE BOOKS ARE MY BAG READERS AWARDS FOR NON-FICTION 2020
- SHORTLISTED FOR WATERSTONES BOOK OF THE YEAR 2020
- LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE 2020
- WINNER OF THE HAY FESTIVAL BOOK OF THE YEAR 2020
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About Little Toller Books
Toller n river valley in West Dorset. Recorded in the Domesday
survey as Tolre, derived from a Celtic word for stream in a hollow valley.
Little Toller Books was born in 2008 as an imprint of the Dovecote Press, a family-run publishing company that has specialised in books about rural life and local history since 1974. Little Toller was started with a singular purpose: to revive forgotten and classic books about nature and rural life in the British Isles.
The success of Little Toller’s Nature Classics has enabled it to grow into an independent publisher, attuned to writers and artists who seek inventive ways to reconnect us with the natural world and to celebrate the places we live in.