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Reviews of The Fifth Kingdom

...the book

"...the first textbook I've read cover to cover after 6 years of university."
Jennifer Wilkinson, Undergraduate student, Canada

"is an excellent example of how a usable textbook should be written in the modern style: simply, elegantly, readably, no nonsense, full of sound material. It is rich in context and full of surprises. Every entry makes connections and interconnections. It deals entertainingly, but matter-of-factly, with amazing items and their biological significance, without ignoring everyday ones and leaves the reader with an integrated comprehension and a renewed respect for the subject matter. Even though I am a biologist, I had always looked on the fungi with a certain lack of enthusiasm, dating from some appallingly boring classes at university. This book brought the kingdom back to life for me."
Jon Richfield (

"We all love The Fifth Kingdom. You might be interested to know that last year, it probably saved the life of one of my small dogs. She had eaten a nasty Inocybe and had a terrible muscarine reaction. I knew immediately what was wrong and what to do - All thanks to reading the poisonous mushroom section.Very grateful"
Adrienne Fitzhenry, University of Toronto

"I have borrowed your book from my supervisor and I enjoy it very much. I am wondering if it is possible to order a copy of this excellent book from you. Thank you for very interesting and pleasant reading!"
Christina Wedén, Sweden

"This...revised second edition of the text first published in clearly the sportiest, most engaging, most comprehensive and current, and most reasonably priced text on the market...Most chapters have been noticeably revised...My overall impression is that while the revised edition retains the singular Kendrickian is a more serious and comprehensive treatment...In provocatively conveying the multitude of ways that fungi impact the ecosystem, and particularly human affairs, this text has no equal as an introduction to mycology"

"The Fifth Kingdom is a great text. I wish I had had it when I was a mycology student"
Angela Belt, Sonora, California

"When I first opened the package, I must admit I was a little disappointed when I saw a small, plain book. As I glanced over the table of contents and then read some of the definitions of terms in the glossary, I soon realized that the book covered every aspect of fungi I could possibly imagine. The same day I started reading the book, and quickly found that I could not put it down. In less than three weeks I had read it all and thoroughly enjoyed it. In the past few years I have read every book on fungi I could find. None of these equalled The Fifth Kingdom. The book has become invaluable to me."
A U.S. undergraduate student