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Brought to you by Penguin.

Winner of the 2020 Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing

Shortlisted for the Books Are My Bag Awards 2020

Shortlisted for Waterstones Book of The Year 2020

Shortlisted for the Irish Post Awards 2020

Longlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize 2020

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 startling and special audiobook vividly explores the natural world from the perspective of an autistic teenager coping with the uprooting of home, school and his mental health, while pursuing his life as a conservationist and environmental activist. 

In a work of power and hope, Dara recalls his sensory encounters in the wild - with blackbirds, whooper swans, red kites, hen harriers, frogs, dandelions, Irish hares and more - while drawing a moving portrait of a young activist dealing with change, and a family making their way in the world.

©2020 Dara McAnulty (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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"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)

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I read this book while listening to Dara narrate. Can highly recommend doing this as I felt every word which I read on the page. A beautifully written book, amazing knowledge and so personal. What an amazing young man. What an amazing family. Well done Dara, cannot wait for the next book.

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