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Entangled Life: The phenomenal Sunday Times bestseller exploring how fungi make our worlds, change our minds and shape our futures Paperback – 2 Sept. 2021
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The smash-hit Sunday Times and #1 Amazon Charts bestseller that will transform your understanding of our planet and life itself.
'Dazzling, vibrant, vision-changing' Robert Macfarlane
Winner of the Royal Society Science Book Prize 2021
Winner of the Wainwright Prize for Conservation Writing 2021
The more we learn about fungi, the less makes sense without them. They can change our minds, heal our bodies and even help us avoid environmental disaster; they are metabolic masters, earth-makers and key players in most of nature's processes. In Entangled Life, Merlin Sheldrake takes us on a mind-altering journey into their spectacular world, and reveals how these extraordinary organisms transform our understanding of our planet and life itself.
'Gorgeous!' Margaret Atwood (on Twitter)
'Reads like an adventure story... Wondrous' Sunday Times
'Urgent, astounding and necessary' Helen Macdonald
Perfect for fans of David Attenborough's The Green Planet and The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben
* A Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, New Statesman, The Times, Evening Standard, Mail on Sunday, BBC Science Focus, TLS and Time Book of the Year *
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Riveting and surprising at every turn... A sensory as well as an intellectual pleasure ― New Statesman
A true masterpiece, a thrilling and fascinating insight into the living world... I hope and trust that it will become an instant classic -- GEORGE MONBIOT
A revelation... Changes the way we need to look at life, the planet and ourselves -- ISABELLA TREE, author of Wilding
Blew my mind... Essential reading. Go and get swept up in a new world -- ANDREA WULF, author of The Invention of Nature
Wondrous... Humans should consider fungi among the greatest of earth's marvels ― Time, Books of the Year
Truly astounding... An engrossing, captivating journey... Perspective-altering ― Spectator
Astonishing ... it's impossible to finish this book without feeling awestruck -- ANDREW MOTION, TLS Books of the Year
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'Gorgeous!' Margaret Atwood (on Twitter)
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- Publisher : Vintage; 1st edition (2 Sept. 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1784708275
- ISBN-13 : 978-1784708276
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 2.7 x 19.8 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Why not 5 stars? I do have a criticism. I found the format old fashioned - a few line drawings, with a small section of colour in the middle. If I hadn't read the review in the New Scientist I don't think I would have even bothered to pick it up and look through it. When it was published my Dad bought the New Naturalist, Ramsbottom's Mushrooms and Toadstools - and as a nine year old I was absolutely hooked - first by the wonderful illustrations and then by the text. I think a lot of folk will miss out because this book looks boring, a poor layout and a lack of illustrations. I know it's not comparable in any way but I've just bought my grandson - 'Fungarium' - and he thinks that's great, and as a nine year old is beginning to read it.
First, the science is explained simply, and like all of the book beautifully written. Abundance of 'interesting facts'. Did you know that there is a fungus that inserts itself into a type of ant. These ants notmally hate climbling but the fungus changes that so they climb up the stalk of a plant and then bite hard into a leaf. This kills the ant but the fungus which by this time has grown from the ant's head, merges with the leaf to continue its contribution to vast networks of incredible complexity.
There's a visit to a factory that makes furniture and more from fungi. Some fungi can lift pavements and concrete!
Sheldrake overviews the relation between fungi and every other living thing on earth, including us. The author is a fermenter, enjoys making beers and wines, depending on yeat - a fungus. 'Entanglement' is a word invented initially to refer to complex relations between people and society, yet we are given an incredible insight into fungal entanglement everywhere, networks that seem to have an intelligence without a brain. Also, there is a foray into the worlds of psychodelia and the many 'magic mushrooms'.
If that were all it would be enough but where the book scored most with me was in giving a tantalising glimpse into thinking itself, how we could think differently, how the neat conceptual boxes we are used to could be dissolved and we cross subject areas, academic disciplines, imbibe a much greater imaginative way of seeing ourselves, each other and the natural world.
Buy it today.