Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures


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Random House
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6.5 X 9.2 X 1.2 inches | 1.5 pounds

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About the Author

Merlin Sheldrake is a biologist and a writer. He received a Ph.D. in tropical ecology from the University of Cambridge for his work on underground fungal networks in tropical forests in Panama, where he was a predoctoral research fellow of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. He is a musician and keen fermenter. Entangled Life is his first book.


"True to his name, Merlin takes us on a magical journey deep into the roots of Nature--the mycelial universe that exists under every footstep we take in life. Merlin is an expert storyteller, weaving the tale of our co-evolution with fungi into a scientific adventure. Entangled Life is a must-read for citizen scientists hoping to make a positive difference on this sacred planet we share."--Paul Stamets, author of Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World

"Reading this book, I felt surrounded by a web of wonder. The natural world is more fantastic than any fantasy, so long as you have the means to perceive it. This book provides the means."--Jaron Lanier, author of You Are Not a Gadget

"This engaging book shines light on the hidden fungal connections that link plants, trees, and us. I thought I knew a lot about fungi, but I found much that was new to me, and exciting. Sheldrake is a rare scientist who is not afraid to speculate about the truly profound implications of his work. A very good read."--Andrew Weil, author of Spontaneous Healing and Healthy Aging

"Fungi are fascinating! Elegant life strategies meet with delicate omnipresence, driving global ecosystems. Sheldrake's book informs and offers new concepts. Looking through Sheldrake's lens, fungal biology integrates with art, philosophy, and human society. His voice is real and personal. His book educates and entertains."--Uta Paszkowski, professor of plant molecular genetics, University of Cambridge

"It is impossible to put this book down. Entangled Life provides a window into the mind-boggling biology and fascinating cultures surrounding fungal life. Sheldrake asks us to consider a life-form that is radically alien to ours, yet vibrant and lively underfoot."--Hans Ulrich Obrist, author of The Interview Project

"Entangled Life is a revelation. It is a radical, hopeful, and important book. I couldn't put it down. With elegance, wit, and clarity, Sheldrake engages us in the hidden world of fungi, a miraculous web of connections, interactions, and communication that changes the way we need to look at life, the planet, and ourselves."--Isabella Tree, author of Wilding

"Sheldrake awakens the reader to a shapeshifting, mind-altering, animate world that not only surrounds us but intimately involves us as well. A joyful exploration of the most overlooked and enigmatic kingdom of life, and one that expanded my appreciation of what it means to be alive."--Peter Brannen, author of The Ends of the World

"[A] delightfully granular debut . . . From bread to booze to the very fiber of life, the world turns on fungus, and Sheldrake provides a top-notch portrait."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)