The Secret Life of Fungi: Discoveries From a Hidden World
By: Aliya Whiteley
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 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.
‘ 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
‘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