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GREEN GOLD – now crowdfunding
Green Gold: the lost journals of John Jeffrey is my latest book, to be published via specialist crowdfunding publisher Unbound.  Although the book is now fully funded you can still become a book patron and pledge your support. The name of every Subscriber (or giftee) will be listed in the book, and a range of tempting ‘rewards’ are also available, including a special limited edition botanical print, an invitation to the book launch, a talk from the author to a group of your choice, to name a few options. Hurry to secure your patronage before book editing is completed later in 2018.

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My books

I’m a writer with a keen interest in trees and nature. I’ve written three books, and have several unpublished book projects in various states of development. If you’re looking instead for my research articles, visit specialist publications.

Please note, this page contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small commission. Any such income supports the costs of running this blog.

The New Sylva

The New Sylva book
The New Sylva

The New Sylva: a discourse of forest and orchard trees for the twenty-first century

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 during 2012-14 (formerly at and now subsumed within this website, see:

The New Sylva: A Discourse of Forest and Orchard Trees for the Twenty-First Century

The Man Who Harvested Trees and Gifted Life

The Man Who Harvested Trees and Gifted LifeThe Man Who Harvested Trees and Gifted Life
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.

Available on Amazon in Paperback and for Kindle devices

The Man Who Harvested Trees and Gifted Life


Arboreal: a collection of new woodland writing. Little Toller Books. 2016.
Arboreal: a collection of new woodland writing. Little Toller Books. 2016.

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. 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.

Available from Amazon.

Arboreal: A Collection of Words from the Woods

More about my book writing

My interest in writing books germinated while working 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 writing a blog.

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’m currently on a journey of self-discovery, enjoying writing fiction which brings a new dimension to celebrating my love of trees and passion for forestry. I released two short stories in 2016: Don’t Look Back in the Arboreal anthology (Little Toller Books) and, as a standalone book, The Man Who Harvested Trees and Gifted Life.

Read the latest news about my books.

Gabriel Hemery’s non-fiction work is represented by literary agent Rosemary Scoular of United Agents

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