Fascinated by Fungi - Revised, enlarged 2nd edition (2016, reprinted 2020) by Pat O'Reilly

Fascinated by Fungi, second edition

A great book exploring the majesty and mystery, facts and fantasy of the quirkiest kingdom of life on earth. Bang up-to-date, this new edition incorporates recent taxonomic name changes resulting from recent DNA analysis, together with previously common synonyms and the British Mycological Society's recommended English names of fungi species. A great book exploring the majesty and mystery, facts and fantasy of the quirkiest kingdom of life on earth. 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 made it difficult for newcomers to gain a broad view of this vast topic... Problem solved! Fascinated by Fungi 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 mushrooms, toadstools and other fungi.

In the UK since its launch in September 2011 this has been at the top of the bestseller lists for non-specialist books about fungi, with tremendous acclaim in book reviews.

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"If you buy only one book about fungi, this should be it"


"To be bang up to date you have to get Pat O'Reilly's amazing book, a 'must have' with more than 1000 wonderful photographs. It combines one of the most readable and deliciously idiosyncratic accounts of what fungi are, where they come from and what they do for us with an excellent identification guide almost uniquely based on habitats. Excellent diagrams and photographs are provided to explain all. If you want to photograph it, look down a microscope or just eat it, there is all the help you need to get started and maybe become an expert.". Ray Woods, review in Plantlife Magazine, Winter 2011

"It's fantastic. For years, I have been looking for a good guide to fungi that includes identification tips, the kind of habitat that it frequents and similar species, and at last it's here.". Iolo Williams, BBC Wildlife Presenter

"...this is a tour de force, a tremendous achievement in bringing this extraordinary kingdom to life... With its originality, freshness of approach and liveliness of text, I would like to think that Fascinated by Fungi will become a classic text, introducing a new generation to the wonders of fungi.". James Robertson, review in Natur Cymru, Winter 2011-12.

“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

"It's a fabulous field guide!" Doug Collins, California USA

"Its fantastic! Everything I wanted in a fungus book is there." Penny Turner, Drymos, Greece

About the author

Pat O'Reilly

Pat O’Reilly’s fascination with mushrooms and other fungi stretches back more than 40 years and has taken him to many countries; but, as he says, there is a special satisfaction in finding and identifying beautiful fungi close to home.

Writing and broadcasting on wildlife and countryside topics for more than 30 years, Pat is the author of more than 20 books and hundreds of articles. With his wife Sue he produced and maintains the First Nature website, which receives up to a million visits a year and hundreds of enquiries via an extensive Fungi section.

Pat, an active conservationist, has chaired and served on several advisory committees and special commissions. He served as a member of the Council of CCW (the Countryside Council for Wales), where his specialismst were fungi conservation (he is a Member of the British Mycological Society) and the management of National Nature Reserves in Wales.

For his environmental work Pat O’Reilly was awarded an MBE in 2003.

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