443 pages, 1000+ colour photos, colour illustrations, colour tables
For millennia the mysterious nature of fungi has intrigued the intrepid. Fungal fruits of field and forest have fed the fearless, while the (surprisingly few) resulting fatalities have fuelled myths and legends. Monks and murderers have turned mushrooms to their advantage; artists and authors have fallen for the fascination of fungi. Once enticed in to this quirky kingdom, the magical mix of majesty and mystery has enough power to captivate the interest for a lifetime. But the complexity and scientific jargon of the subject make it difficult for newcomers to gain a broad view of this vast topic.
This book is an easy-to-follow introduction to a complex and largely unexplored kingdom of life and the history, mystery, facts and fiction born out of the fascinating foibles of fungi.
A clear, logical guide to a crucial part of our life support system; the kind of book that most people (including me) really need.
- Roger Thomas, Chief Executive, Countryside Council for Wales
"Sets a new standard that I would hope other writers will emulate."
- Daily Telegraph
"Best of the bunch."
- The Times
"An absolute must for anyone interested in this fascinating subject. I rate this superb book at 10 out of 10."
- Martin James, BBC Wildlife and Countryside Correspondent.
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