The Secret Life of Fungi: Discoveries From a Hidden World (Hardback)
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The Secret Life of Fungi: Discoveries From a Hidden World (Hardback)

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Fungi are not like us - they are entirely, magically, something else.

Welcome to the astonishing secret world of fungi.

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Fungi can appear anywhere, from desert dunes to frozen tundra. They can invade our bodies and thoughts; live between our toes or 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 death caps, puffballs and ambrosia beetles, this is an intoxicating journey into the life of extraordinary organism, one that we have barely begun to understand.

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' 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

Publisher: Elliott & Thompson Limited
ISBN: 9781783965304
Number of pages: 160
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


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'The Secret Life of Fungi is a brave foray into the Third Kingdom - exploring the otherness of these life forms, and examining those points at which they impinge on the lifecycle of humankind.' - Linden Hawthorne, author and horticulturist
' 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

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“A matter of life and death”

A delightful and intriguing study that has the feeling of poetry, the chapters are short but sharply written and each one reveals an often hidden aspect of one of nature's less desirables, but Aliya Whiteley... More

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“Never take a mushroom for granted”

Drawing on history, ecology, taxonomy, etymology, biology, literature and ‘rocket science’, The Secret Life of Fungi is well-informed and convivial, full of anecdotes and interesting facts. At times, the reader might... More

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“A short but sweet introduction to the kingdom of fungi”

This compact volume is split into short chapters, each exploring a different type of fungi, or way that fungi behave. We are taken to space, the Artic and the Sahara. We learn about buildings made of bricks of fungi,... More

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