The Secret Life of Fungi : Discoveries from a Hidden World-9781783965304

The Secret Life of Fungi : Discoveries from a Hidden World

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_____ Fungi are not like us - they are entirely, magically, something else. Welcome to the astonishing secret world of fungi. _____Fungi can appear anywhere, from desert dunes tofrozen tundra.

They can invade our bodies and thoughts; live between our toesor our floorboards; they are unwelcome intruders or vastly expensive treats;symbols of both death and eternal life. But despite their familiar presence,there's still much to learn about the eruption, growth and decay of their interconnected world. Aliya Whiteley has always been in love with fungi - from a childhood taking blurry photographs of strange fungal eruptions on Exmoor to a career as a writer inspired by their surreal and alien beauty.

This love for fungi is a love for life, from single-cell spores to the largest living organism on the planet; a story stretching from Aliya's lawn into orbit and back again via every continent. From fields, feasts and fairy rings to deathcaps, puffballs and ambrosia beetles, this is an intoxicating journey into thelife of extraordinary organism, one that we have barely begun to understand. _____

'Accessible, inviting and revelatory...Aliya Whiteley animates the hidden world of fungi in prose as rich and beautiful as the strange organisms she turns her attention to.' - Alice Tarbuck, author of A Spell in the Wild


Published 22/10/2020 in the United Kingdom
Hardback | 160 pages