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Diary of a Young Naturalist: A shimmering love letter to nature from a potent new voice

Nature: Diary of a Young Naturalist

Dara McAnulty

Little Toller, 228 pages, hardback €17.99

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Rich poeticism: Dara McAnulty is one of our best young writers in any genre. Photo by Elaine Hill

Rich poeticism: Dara McAnulty is one of our best young writers in any genre. Photo by Elaine Hill

Rich poeticism: Dara McAnulty is one of our best young writers in any genre. Photo by Elaine Hill

Time to stand and stare, as William Henry Davies put it, has been one of the small mercies of this eerie intermission on life that we find ourselves in.

The National Biodiversity Data Centre, a website where citizens can log sightings of local flora and fauna, had almost twice as many records entered in May as there was last year. Agents are commissioning books of nature writing born during this pandemic. One of the mantras we hear from everyone we know is how loud birdsong seems to be this year.


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