Welcome to Gabriel Hemery’s bookshelf.
Read more about my books Tall Trees Short Stories, Green Gold and The New Sylva. You can also find out about upcoming titles, and my book contributions (written and photographic). During 2020 I’m giving away a free short story every month to my regular readers – find out how to sign up below.
‘A captivating, moving and thought-provoking collection that will appeal to readers of all ages and genres from fairy tale to science fiction.’ Goodreads review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘A wonderful book that explores the natural world, the cycle of life and our relationship with trees and wildlife.’ The Tree Council
‘I recommend this book: those who love trees will see them in several new lights; those who like stories will find a rich array of narratives.’ Goodreads review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Beguiling . . . fascinating.’ Daily Mail
‘A masterly told story of a noble quest against fearsome challenges.’ Orsmby Review
‘A wonderful book! . . . a really remarkable combination of research, detective work, botanical expertise and imaginative writing.’ Fiona Stafford
‘Beautiful, useful and inspirational.’ BBC Wildlife, Book of the Month
‘A magisterial work that combines art and history with science.’ The Countryman
‘We dig this … a book that proclaims its virtues with quiet dignity.’ Sunday Times
An excellent successor to Sylva, well written and full of interesting information.’ Oliver Rackham, Spectator
‘Exquisite.’ BBC Countrylife
‘Gorgeous, precious and important.’ Resurgence & Ecologist
I’m giving away a free short story every month during 2020. I enjoy writing environmentally-themed short stories. In 2020, one of my stories was shortlisted from among 2,000 entries for the international Nobrow short story competition.
Books in Development
I’ve started working on a major new non-fiction project – The Forest Book: a guide to the copses, woods, and forests of Britain. Find out how to get involved.
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.
I am proud to have two of my photographs included in a massive collaborative project which will see the creation of a stunning book of tree images at an epic scale: Tree of the Planet. Click on the image to find out more, and how you can support the project.
More about my writing and my books
My passion is the natural world and I believe unless we can foster an affinity between all people and nature, that life as we know it is in peril. The written word has the power to transform the hearts and minds of all of us, especially when it subtly introduces new ways of thinking through the magic of imagination.
I’m proud to be a member of the Society of Authors which campaigns for the rights of authors. The SOA speaks out for the profession as a whole, promoting authors’ interests through campaigning, lobbying, negotiation and representation. It voices concerns about authors’ rights, the publishing and creative industries and wider cultural matters.
Like many authors, as my writing develops I continue to learn a huge amount about how the publishing world operates. Although I have been published by a major traditional publisher, and previously represented by an agent, I believe that the publishing industry does not always represent its authors as it should. In particular, I think the industry is too risk-averse, often favouring celebrity. The industry as we know it is in great danger of being left behind in the revolution in people’s reading habits, both in how books are marketed and distributed. For these reasons, I’m a member of The Alliance of Independent Authors.
My first book, The New Sylva, was published by Bloomsbury in April 2014. Thanks to the stunning drawings by co-author Sarah Simblet, supported by fantastic production quality, the book has been very well-received and has reached a wide audience. It was released originally in the UK, and later by Bloomsbury USA. Recently, the rights have been sold for its translation to Chinese.
My first novel was a work of biographical fiction: Green Gold: The Epic True Story of Victorian Plant Hunter John Jeffrey. It was published in 2019 with Unbound using a hybrid model combining traditional publishing and crowd-funding, where the book’s future readers funded its production.
In 2016, my short story Don’t Look Back was published in a collection of woodland stories in the Arboreal anthology (Little Toller Books).
In 2019, I started writing short stories in earnest. In 2020 I set myself a target of writing a new story every month during the year, and releasing it as a free story to my regular readers (sign up here). My first collection of short stories Tall Trees Short Stories Vol.20 was published in 2020 via my own imprint Wood Wide Works. In 2020, one of my unpublished stories was shortlisted from among 2,000 entries for the international Nobrow Short Story Competition.
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