• ★★★★★

Entangled Life, by Merlin Sheldrake


I find myself talking about or recommending this book surprisingly often. I'm not normally great with non-fiction — I always crave a story and resist dedicating a lot of time to a single point of view or theory. Most non-fiction feels either too broad or too narrow.


The magic of Entangled Life is that it is both all-encompassingly broad and beautifully focused all at once. Narrow, because it’s all about fungi, just that. Broad because fungi are apparently relevant to all life on earth. As the blurb says: “Neither plant nor animal, they are found throughout the earth, the air and our bodies. They can be microscopic, yet also account for the largest organisms ever recorded.” And that doesn’t even hint at the level of wow-factor revelations about fungi in this book.


Entangled Life genuinely changed how I see the world.

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