Welcome to my bookshelf, featuring my own published books. Alongside information on The New Sylva and Green Gold, find out about my other book contributions, both writing and photography.


Beguiling . . . fascinating. Daily Mail.

A masterly told story of a noble quest against fearsome challenges. Orsmby Review


Beautiful, useful and inspirational. BBC Wildlife

A magisterial work that combines art and history with science. The Countryman

Green Gold: The Epic True Story of Victorian Plant Hunter John Jeffrey by Gabriel Hemery

Green Gold

Green Gold by Gabriel Hemery is a novel which combines meticulous research with the fictional narrative of Victorian plant hunter John Jeffrey’s lost journals, revealing an extraordinary adventure. Available in paperback or ebook from all good bookshops.

The New Sylva by Gabriel Hemery & Sarah Simblet

The New Sylva

The New Sylva by Gabriel Hemery and Sarah Simblet is a detailed and sumptuous celebration of trees and forests. Published by Bloomsbury, the 100 featured trees are accompanied by 200 pen and ink drawings.

Book Contributions

Arboreal featuring Gabriel Hemery


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.

Trees of the Planet: Big edition

Trees of the Planet

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 books

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 a relatively limited readership. I wanted to reach out to more people and celebrate the wonders of trees and forestry, and the importance of our relationship with nature.

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.

I’m currently enjoying writing fiction which brings a new dimension to celebrating my passion for trees and nature. My first novel, a work of biographical fiction, was published in 2019 with Unbound — Green Gold: The Epic True Story of Victorian Plant Hunter John Jeffrey.

In 2016, my short story Don’t Look Back was published in a collection of woodland stories in the Arboreal anthology (Little Toller Books).

Read the latest news about my books.

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