An otherworldly literary-scientific adventure for readers of Ed Yong and Other Minds.
There is a life form on our planet so strange and wondrous that it challenges our conception of life itself…Entangled Life introduces an almost wholly unknown and mysterious category of life form, an entire underground realm whose workings are so wondrous and alien that they throw into question what we think life itself is and how it works.
At times it is microscopic; yet it also forms the largest single organism in existence, covering ten square kilometres, weighing 35,000 tons and estimated to be 2,400 years old. It thrives underground but is also in the air we breathe and is capable of moving at 100 kilometres an hour. It is the first life-form to have appeared on land, lives everywhere – including within our bodies – and offers life-saving medicines. It is the only life form able to decompose wood and plastic. It solves problems and makes decisions. It defies all the normal categories of selfhood and identity, existing as much between other organisms as on its own terms.
In this unique, literary-scientific adventure, Merlin Sheldrake introduces us to fungi, a life-form intimately entangled with our own.