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Collins Fungi Guide: The most complete field guide to the mushrooms and toadstools of Britain & Ireland: The Most Complete Field Guide to the ... of Britain and Europe (Collins Guide) Hardcover – 10 May 2012

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  • Hardcover: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; First Edition edition (10 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007242905
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007242900
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 4.8 x 20.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 201,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘What a great book. It adds a needed publication for the amateur's library which goes beyond other field guides. The illustrations of crust fungi are excellent and it is a pleasure to see them receive their rightful place in a fungal manual. I am sure you will stimulate many to look at the lower Basidiomycetes in a different light and overcome that fear of looking for and at them. Great stuff! […] A book which should be in lots of naturalists’ hands, not just field mycologists. I would gladly recommend [it] to anyone attending my forays and to my apprentices.’

Prof Roy Watling MBE, DSc., FRSE

[Former Head of Mycology and Plant Pathology and sometime Acting Regius Keeper at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh]

‘There are some great images here to delight us […] this book will bring hundreds of new, rare or unusual species to the attention of the general reader, with the added bonus of their up-to-date names.’ Field Mycology journal (British Mycological Society)

Praise for Stefan Buczacki’s previous titles:

‘An excellent book which is likely to remain the standard work’
The Garden

‘By far the most comprehensive and authoritative of its kind’
Financial Times

‘Seminal’
The Sunday Times

About the Author

Professor Stefan Buczacki is Past-President of the British Mycological Society and holder of its Benefactors’ Medal and also one of the country’s best known horticultural writers and broadcasters. His extensive practical knowledge is underpinned by his scientific expertise – he gained an international reputation as a plant pathologist before leaving full-time research to become freelance in 1984. He has published many thousands of newspaper and magazine articles and over fifty gardening and natural history books, including Collins New Generation Guide to Mushrooms and Toadstools and New Naturalist Garden Natural History.


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Format: Hardcover
Today I have finally received my copy of the new Collins Fungi Guide, a book that was announced a long time ago by Collins. I am always trying to find the best side of any book, but in this case I must say that I am really sorry for my money, although I got a substantial discount.

If I remember right, I first came across this title in 2007. Being impressed by the previously published by Collins fungal guide, authored by Courtecuisse & Duhem, I immediately put down this one on my wish list, being much impressed by the shiny description provided by the publisher. But the time was going on and the guide was put off from year to year. I will remind that the book was first announced as "The most complete field guide to the mushrooms and toadstools of Britain and Europe". I think that from the last year this subtitle was discretely changed to the more humble "The most complete field guide to the mushrooms and toadstools of Britain and Ireland". I have also heard a word that the American Amazon started rejecting preorders, and the book is not sold now by them except by third-party sellers. Those facts might have been enough to ring a bell and prevent me from buying it.

Now when I hold it in my hands, I cannot hold my disappointment. I will not comment on any fungal group other than boletes, but I consider boletes to be very good sample for the entire edition.

First of all I will draw reader's attention to the illustrations. Most of these leave the impression that they were painted in a hurry, which is quite possible, especially having in mind that from some point onwards Collins contracted second illustrator besides C. Shields. Nonetheless, the quality of the illustrations is unsatisfactory and far beyond the expectations from such renowned artists.
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I'd give it only two stars except that means I don;t like it according to this form - I do like some things about it - the amount of info and more species. I bought the hard back version and hoped that the delay of 18 months on the paperback would mean they had corrected some of the mistakes - but no its exactly the same as the hard back. Its such a shame - all those who worked on this have let themselves down - they had a chance to produce one of the best fungi books for decades and they messed it up and continued to produce it 'messed up' ... If it had't got so many mistakes and mixed up genera I would have like it but still felt those involved had missed a great opportunity .....
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I never like to say bad things about someone elses work which they have put an immense effort into, but in this case I must answer as I find and this book eagerly awaited has disappointed me enormously. On the good side it is full of extra information especially regarding encrusting fungi, which isn't found illustrated elsewhere. On the bad side is the number of mistakes which will fool the inexperienced and annoy those who already know their species and characteristics. It would appear that the delay in publishing and problems met have caused the publishers to finally give up and rush to publish. The illustrations must be beautiful but the printing of them is very poor - if I was the artist it would have broken my heart had I received this as a finished object ... I hope the publishers take note and set all this things right in the second edition - it would be too much to hope they will have done anything for the paperback edition which unfortunately I have on order and do not want ....
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I find this book useful. The illustrations of Mushrooms are an excellent reference source but I do feel that the section on resupinate and jelly fungi appear more clearly identifiable in photographic form rather than from sketch/paintings , so this section of the book disappointed me. ( that said I am fairly new to foraging ,so I may be missing something here ) The text descriptions are excellent and easy to follow. I will use this book in conjunction with others to help me in identifying species.Having an expert on hand during forays is very useful because book illustrations / photos don't always show the specimen you have found at the stage of development shown in a book, that's why text descriptions and expert advice are so important.
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Format: Hardcover
As many of the other reviewers have said, this book is a disapointment. The descriptions are too brief, the pictures are too small, the colours of the fungi are sometimes misleading. So as an ID guide it fails in many ways. I understand the need to save space to be able to fit so many species into a single book, but it is not small so why not be a larger book to be a reference at home that is useful? Instead it is rucsack sized book (not pocket) and not as useful as some older less comprehensive books.

I'd recommend not to buy this, but have a look at the other books that are available.
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This was a long awaited publication with very high expectations among those interested in the subject. Given that the publication was delayed a number of times, one would would of thought, for production reasons , unfortunately this book fell short. Authors did not see the pictures being used for their descriptions and in many cases the illustrations are way off. Some genera fair better such as Agaricus and the Ink Caps but genera such as Russula and Boletus are not captured well. One big thing for me is the omission of colour description from the descriptive text, we are supposed to use the illustration for this, which is some cases are plain wrong. Still, I have used the book and found it helpful. This could have been so much better had all parties come together, to produce a more cohesive, solid publication.
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