Books by Gabriel Hemery: Tall Trees Short Stories Vol20, Tall Trees Short Stories Vol21, Green Gold, and The New Sylva.
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A detailed and sumptuous celebration of trees and forests. First published in 2014. Multiple print runs have sold out. New editions coming 2021. Also translated into Chinese.
‘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
A collection of 18 extraordinary multi-genre tales exploring our relationship with the natural world.
‘Hemery has the scientist’s eye for detail and the writer’s ear for words.’ Living Woods
‘A captivating collection of tree tales – even better than the last anthology, if that were possible!’ Goodreads review
This is an intriguing collection of stories … I recommend this book, both for tree-lovers and for anyone who appreciates a quirky collection of tales. Robin Walter, Author.
‘A delightfully eclectic collection of stories’. Goodreads review
A collection of 25 extraordinary tales exploring the natural world and our relationship with trees.
‘Overflowing with literary invention, scientific detail and philosophy.’ Living Woods Magazine
‘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
A fictional biography, based on the epic true story of a Victorian plant hunter.
‘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
Books in Development
I’ve started work on a major new work of non-fiction – The Forest Guide: the copses, woods, and forests of Britain. The project is likely to take many years to complete but will be split into a series of guidebooks covering different regions of Britain. The first in the series will feature Scotland to be published by Bloomsbury Wildlife in 2023.
I have had two collections of my own work published, while two of my short stories have been selected for anthologies. I’ve also had work shortlisted for an international short story competition. I occasionally give away free short stories to my regular readers. Sign up today!
My short story The Man Who Harvested Trees (And Gifted Life) is included in this wonderful new anthology coming autumn 2021, published by Everyman’s Library (Penguin Random House).
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.
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.
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.
In 2021, I will release my second collection of environmental tales in Tall Trees Short Stories Vol.21. One of my short stories has been selected for an anthology on tree fiction to be published by Everyman’s Library. Two new editions of The New Sylva (currently out of stock) are to be published in autumn 2021. This year I have also started work on a new work of non-fiction: a guide to the forests of Britain.
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