Dara McAnulty “Diary of a Young Naturalist”

“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.”

I’ve woven a bookmark inspired by this outstanding book, written by a teenage boy. This bookmark can be yours, just let me know. For the 10 eur, it costs, I will be able to buy a new kids book about the sea for the library.

Thank you, Little Toller, for donating two copies of “Diary of a Young Naturalist” for the Sea Library and its readers.

“Diary of a Young Naturalist” is written by Dara McAnulty and published by Little Toller in 2020

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