Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds, and Shape Our Futures, by Merlin Sheldrake

Reviewed by Diana McMillion

Merlin Sheldrake uncovers the surprising magic of hidden worlds in his fascinating book, Entangled Life.

Published in May 2020, Entangled Life takes the reader on a journey through the rich and varied worlds of fungi and the often-invisible struggles and triumphs of these essential organisms.

Looking beyond the fungal fruits we can see, such as ordinary toadstools, Entangled Life explores complex concepts in beautifully explained, simple language that non-scientists can feel a connection to. Sheldrake examines the inter-workings of fungi and plant roots, the extraordinary ability of lichens to survive in improbable places, and the ways in which fungi can affect the human brain.

Merlin Sheldrake has a wonderful ability to explain the arcane workings of fungi in ways that make these concepts easily understood to laymen. I give this work 5 out of 5 stars for conveying the complex in a simple way, and for its thoroughness in showing how fungi are entangled in all the doings of plants and animals, including humans. It’s an essential read for anyone curious about the natural world.

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