The more we learn about fungi, the less we understand them.
Neither plant nor animal, they are found throughout the earth, the air and our bodies. they can be microscopic, yet also account for the largest organism ever recorded. They enabled the first life on land, can survive in space and thrive amidst nuclear radiation. In fact, nearly all life relies in some way on fungi.
These endlessly surprising organisms have no brain but can solve problems and manipulate animal behaviour with devastating precision. In giving us bread, alcohol and life saving medicines, fungi have shaped human history and their psychedelic properties have recently been shown to alleviate a number of mental illnesses. The discovery that they connect plants in underground networks, the 'Wood Wide Web' is transforming the way we understand ecosystems. Yet over ninety percent of their species remains undocumented.
Entangled Life is a mind-altering journey into a spectacular and neglected world, and shows that fungi provide a key to understanding both the planet on which we live, and life itself.
'A dazzling, vibrant vision-changing book. Sentence after sentence stopped me short. I ended it wonderstruck at the fungal world and the earth-shaking implication of Sheldrake's argument. A remarkable work by a remarkable writer.'-Robert MacFarlane.
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Date of Publication: 02/09/2021