The first chapter in my writing life focussed on technical and academic publications; I’ve now written more than 80. Whilst these can influence real-life policy and practice, they have limited readership. I wanted to reach out to more people and celebrate the wonders of trees and forestry, hence my interest in writing books.
My first book, The New Sylva, was published by Bloomsbury in April 2014. Thanks to the stunning drawings by my co-author Sarah Simblet, together with fantastic production quality, the book has been well-received and has reached a wide audience. It was released originally in the UK, and later by Bloomsbury USA. It is soon to be translated into Chinese.
I am currently on a journey of self-discovery, exploring whether I can write fiction which celebrates my love of trees and passion for forestry, yet successfully transcends my academic heritage.
You can read the latest news about my books here.
The New Sylva
The New Sylva is a detailed and sumptuous celebration of trees and forests, by authors Gabriel Hemery and Sarah Simblet. Published by Bloomsbury in 2014 its 400 pages feature more than 100 tree species, accompanied by 200 specially commissioned pen and ink drawings.
“Its pages contain not merely descriptions of the appearance of individual species. . . . It is a magisterial work that combines art and history with science. . . . The book is a stimulating read, and beautiful to look at.” Jack Watkins, The Countryman.
“Gabriel Hemery’s text is a precise, fascinating, fluent, wide-ranging and hard-headed synthesis: an excellent popular introduction to tree biology and forestry. But the book is more than that . . . Hemery is out to celebrate and inspire passion and love . . .” Caspar Henderson, Resurgence & Ecologist Magazine
The book has won a number of awards and received wide acclaim. Read more reviews here.
I wrote a website dedicated to the making of the book from 2012-14, see www.NewSylva.com.
Gabriel Hemery’s non-fiction work is represented by literary agent Rosemary Scoular of United Agents