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McAnulty wins nature writing prize for ‘Diary of a Young Naturalist’

In the UK, Dara McAnulty has been awarded the Wainwright Prize for UK Nature Writing for Diary of A Young Naturalist (Text).

According to the Bookseller, McAnulty, 16, is the youngest winner of a major literary award.

Diary of a Young Naturalist is a portrayal of McAnulty’s ‘intense connection to the natural world alongside his perspective as an autistic teenager juggling exams, friendships and a life of campaigning’.

Chair of judges Julia Bradbury said: ‘Our Wainwright Prize winner this year is nuanced, passionate and caring. It’s a wonderful diary that fits around Dara’s personal endeavours and family experiences, but ultimately, shaped by the nature that surrounds us all. 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.’

The award, worth £5000 (A$8820), celebrates the best books about nature, travel and the outdoors.

For more information, see the award website.


Category: International news