NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A “brilliant [and] entrancing” (The Guardian) journey into the hidden lives of fungi—the great connectors of the living world—and their astonishing and intimate roles in human life, with the power to heal our bodies, expand our minds, and help us address our most urgent environmental problems.
“Grand and dizzying in how thoroughly it recalibrates our understanding of the natural world.”—Ed Yong, author of An Immense World
ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR—Time, BBC Science Focus, The Daily Mail, Geographical, The Times, The Telegraph, New Statesman, London Evening Standard, Science Friday
When we think of fungi, we likely think of mushrooms. But mushrooms are only fruiting bodies, analogous to apples on a tree. Most fungi live out of sight, yet make up a massively diverse kingdom of organisms that supports and sustains nearly all living systems. Fungi provide a key to understanding the planet on which we live, and the ways we think, feel, and behave.
In the first edition of this mind-bending book, Sheldrake introduced us to this mysterious but massively diverse kingdom of life. This exquisitely designed volume, abridged from the original, features more than one hundred full-color images that bring the spectacular variety, strangeness, and beauty of fungi to life as never before.
Fungi throw our concepts of individuality and even intelligence into question. They are metabolic masters, earth makers, and key players in most of life’s processes. They can change our minds, heal our bodies, and even help us remediate environmental disaster. By examining fungi on their own terms, Sheldrake reveals how these extraordinary organisms—and our relationships with them—are changing our understanding of how life works.
Winner of the Wainwright Prize, the Royal Society Science Book Prize, and the Guild of Food Writers Award • Shortlisted for the British Book Award • Longlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
This enthralling scientific study about all things fungi is just as mind-altering as any magic mushroom. Biologist Merlin Sheldrake has always been captivated by the over two million species of fungi that exist on our planet, and he shares his discoveries in this fascinating book. We were amazed to discover how vital mushrooms are to everything from making bread and alcohol to cleaning up oil spills to controlling zombie ants—and even creating sustainable building materials. Throughout this wildly informative listen, Sheldrake is engaging and intriguingly philosophical. This particularly comes through in his enthusiastic narration, which infuses his words with energy and wonder. Fans of Robin Wall Kimmerer and Michael Pollan will love this exploration of the magical mysteries of fungi.
What a fabulous book. It opens the mind to a symbiotic world.
Full of wonder and amazement
After a few weeks of rain I saw mushrooms pop up overnight all around my neighborhood, so I wanted to learn more about fungi. The Entangled life was such an eye opening read full of fine story telling that I’d recommend to anyone!
wow, everyone read this book
read it, then read it again, then tell everyone you know to read this book. bless