from our friends at Little Toller Press:
“Diary of a Young Naturalist is a significant nature book – made all the more so because it is Dara McAnulty’s first, completed before his 16th birthday. Our Wainwright Prize winner this year is nuanced, passionate and caring … The judges were almost breathless from reading it and would like to call for it to be immediately listed on the national curriculum. Such is the book’s power to move and the urgency of the situation we face.”
Julia Bradbury, chair of the Wainwright Prize judges
We’re thrilled to announce that Dara McAnulty’s Diary of a Young Naturalist has won this year’s Wainwright Prize.
This prize has quickly established itself as the most important literary prize for writing about nature and travel in Britain, and so we’re really excited that our young author’s tremendous, vital book has won this year. It is a powerful thing for Dara to be recognised in this way, for his voice to be celebrated and shared. The depth of his experience is an inspiration for us all, and his message is passionate and clear. We’re elated for Dara, for his family, and for ourselves. This is the first award Little Toller have won since we started publishing 12 years ago, and we’ve grown used to not getting prizes or reviews. So I hope this prize will also urge other small presses to keep doing what they do, overcoming adversity to nurture writers, challenge stereotypes, and keep finding inventive and passionate ways to connect writers with readers.
What a start it has been to Dara’s journey as a writer. Little Toller are just so happy and honoured to be playing our part.
Hardback copies from Little Toller are £16 and include a signed bookplate
The book is also available from bookshops.
*A BBC RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK*
*WINNER OF THE WAINWRIGHT PRIZE*
‘His portrait of loving parents raising three neurodivergent children on poetry, punk and puffins is profoundly moving.’
ALEX PRESTON, THE OBSERVER.
‘Rich poeticism courses through the writing that belies his years.’
HILARY A WHITE, IRISH INDEPENDENT
‘…the fanfare is wholly justified: this is an astonishingly assured book for one so young.’
CAROLINE SANDERSON, THE BOOKSELLER (Non-fiction Book of the Month, June)
‘Like reading William Blake or Ted Hughes, it really is a strange and magical experience…surely one of the most talked about nature books,
or any books, this year.’
THE DAILY MAIL
‘…this lovely and remarkable book.’
CHARLOTTE MOORE. THE SPECTATOR
‘McAnulty’s way of experiencing the world, his candid enthusiasm, his powers of observation, his passion for nature – are all being rediscovered by a world population forced to stop short and take stock.’
AMANDA BELL, THE IRISH TIMES
‘I adored it.’
LAUREN ST JOHN
‘an extraordinary voice and vision: brave, poetic, ethical, lyrical’
‘a fascination with nature and the desire to make the world a better place.’ CHRIS PACKHAM
‘McAnulty’s writing glows with his deep sympathy for the natural world’