Entangled Life - Merlin Sheldrake

Entangled Life

By Merlin Sheldrake

  • Release Date - Published: 2020-05-12
  • Book Genre: Life Sciences
  • Author: Merlin Sheldrake
Our rating: 5/5 stars

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 46 Ratings)

Entangled Life Merlin Sheldrake read online review & book description:

INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER • “Merlin Sheldrake’s marvelous tour of these diverse and extraordinary life forms is eye-opening on why humans should consider fungi among the greatest of earth’s marvels. . . . Wondrous.”—Time

A mind-bending journey into the hidden universe of fungi, “one of those rare books that can truly change the way you see the world around you” (Helen Macdonald, author of H Is for Hawk).

WINNER OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY SCIENCE BOOK PRIZE • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Time BBC Science Focus The Daily Mail Geographical The Times The Telegraph New Statesman London Evening Standard Science Friday

When we think of fungi, we likely think of mushrooms. But mushrooms are only fruiting bodies, analogous to apples on a tree. Most fungi live out of sight, yet make up a massively diverse kingdom of organisms that supports and sustains nearly all living systems. Fungi provide a key to understanding the planet on which we live, and the ways we think, feel, and behave.

In Entangled Life, the brilliant young biologist Merlin Sheldrake shows us the world from a fungal point of view, providing an exhilarating change of perspective. Sheldrake’s vivid exploration takes us from yeast to psychedelics, to the fungi that range for miles underground and are the largest organisms on the planet, to those that link plants together in complex networks known as the “Wood Wide Web,”  to those that infiltrate and manipulate insect bodies with devastating precision.

Fungi throw our concepts of individuality and even intelligence into question. They are metabolic masters, earth makers, and key players in most of life’s processes. They can change our minds, heal our bodies, and even help us remediate environmental disaster. By examining fungi on their own terms, Sheldrake reveals how these extraordinary organisms—and our relationships with them—are changing our understanding of how life works.


Entangled Life is a gorgeous book of literary nature writing in the tradition of [Robert] Macfarlane and John Fowles, ripe with insight and erudition. . . . Food for the soul.”—Eugenia Bone, Wall Street Journal

“[An] ebullient and ambitious exploration . . . This book may not be a psychedelic—and unlike Sheldrake, I haven’t dared to consume my copy (yet)—but reading it left me not just moved but altered, eager to disseminate its message of what fungi can do.”—Jennifer Szalai, The New York Times

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Posted Reviews

  • Highly recommend!

    By Totoghfjchf
    Entangled Life is a perfect blend of informational and philosophical. It invites you to reframe the way you view the relationship between living things, and challenges commonly held notions about the relationships between organisms and their broader implications on the world. If you are looking for a book that will make you think, look no further.
  • Dry but Fun to Skim

    By Persypie
    “For as long as fungi have existed, they have been bringing about a “change from the roots.” Humans are latecomers to the story.” Kind of dry, but had some entertaining parts. The chapter about truffles was the most interesting to me.

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