“When I was younger, I never saw anyone who looked like me,” says Mya-Rose Craig, a British teenager with a passion for birds as well as environmental and racial activism.

A teenage birdwatcher and environmentalist has won a six-figure advance for a memoir she began writing while studying for A-levels.

Mya-Rose Craig, 18, dubbed the UK’s answer to the Swedish campaigner Greta Thunberg, is the author of the popular Birdgirl blog and was taken on her first ornithology trip by her family when she was nine days old. Her memoir, Birdgirl, which explores her love of birds and move into environmental and racial activism, sparked a 14-way auction among publishers. It was won by Jonathan Cape, a literary imprint at Penguin Random House.

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