The first chapter in my writing life focussed on technical and academic publications. I’ve written more than 80 such papers (see specialist publications) and while 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 developing an interest in writing books. I also simply enjoy writing.
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, enjoying learning to write fiction which celebrates my love of trees and passion for forestry, yet successfully transcends my academic roots.
Read the latest news about my books.
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.
The Man Who Harvested Trees and Gifted Life
A remarkable true story sows a seed in a young girl’s mind which grows into a lifelong relationship with a forest and its trees, yet she develops an affinity richer than she could ever have imagined. The Man Who Harvested Trees And Gifted Life is a sequel to Jean Giono’s much-loved 1954 classic, The Man Who Planted Trees And Grew Happiness, and a compelling short story in its own right.
Written by environmentalist Gabriel Hemery, author of The New Sylva, this modern eco-parable encourages us all to seek a stronger affinity between humanity and the natural world.
Bringing together the finest, and best-known, names in contemporary writing, Arboreal is an anthology which explores the many strands of what woodlands mean to us. Due to be published October 2016.
My fictional short story Don’t look back is included alongside those of dozens of other authors including: Richard Mabey, Germaine Greer, Ali Smith, Simon Armitage, Paul Kingsnorth, Paul Evans, Richard Skelton, Tobias Hill, Jay Griffiths, Peter Marren, Rob Penn, Madeleine Bunting, Kathleen Jamie, William Boyd, Tim Dee, Evie Wyld.
Read more on the website of Little Toller Books
Gabriel Hemery’s non-fiction work is represented by literary agent Rosemary Scoular of United Agents