Dara McAnulty

Book Shambles

Last year Dara McAnulty, at just 16 years of age, won Non-Fiction Book of the Year at the British Book Awards. Coincidentally, that category was presented by us at The Cosmic Shambles Network, so today, as Dara’s second book, Wild Child, hits shelves he took time out from studying for his maths exam next week to come on the podcast to chat to Robin and Helen Czerski. They chat about nature, climate, optimism, birds, Oliver Sacks, Andrei Tarkovsky and much more!

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Reading List

Books recommended this week include:

Wild Child by Dara McAnulty

Diary of a Young Naturalist by Dara McAnulty

Kindred: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death and Art by Rebecca Wragg Sykes

The Formation of Vegetable Mould Through the Action of Worms by Charles Darwin

Zona by Geoff Dyer

The River of Consciousness by Oliver Sacks

Through A Window by Jane Goodall

The poems of John Clare

The poems of Seamus Heaney

The work of Robert Macfarlane 

Stepping Stones: Interviews with Seamus Heaney edited by Dennis O’Driscoll

William Blake Vs the World by John Higgs

Religion and the Decline of Magic: Studies in Popular Beliefs in Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century England by Keith Thomas

The Modern Myths: Adventures in the Machinery of the Popular Imagination by Philip Ball

The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

The Idea of the Brain by Matthew Cobb

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