Book of the month for August


August’s Book of the month is the multi award winning Diary of a Young Naturalist by Dara McAnulty.


About the book

Evocative, raw and lyrical, this startling debut explores the natural world through the eyes of Dara McAnulty, an autistic teenager coping with the uprooting of home, school, and his mental health, while pursuing his life as a conservationist and environmental activist.

Shifting from intense darkness to light, recalling his sensory encounters in the wild - with blackbirds, whooper swans, red kites, hen harriers, frogs, dandelions, Irish hares and more - McAnulty reveals worlds we have neglected to see, in a stunning world of nature writing that is a future classic.

Diary of a Young Naturalist is a powerful and scintillating portrayal of the beauty of the natural world, as it shines a light on autism and of overcoming severe anxiety. It is a story of the binding love of family and home, and how we can help each other through the most difficult of times.


Winner of the British Book Awards Non-Fiction Narrative Book of the Year 2021

Shortlisted for the Waterstones Book of the Year 2020

Winner of the Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing 2020

Longlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize 2020

A BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week


Read the book



“An extraordinary diary” - The Times

“Miraculous memoir . . . profoundly moving” - Observer

“Dara is an extraordinary voice and vision: brave, poetic, ethical, lyrical” - Robert Macfarlane

“It's a diary but essentially timeless . . . It's really, really special” - Chris Packham

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