Welcome to my bookshelf, featuring my published books. Alongside information on The New Sylva and Green Gold, find out about upcoming titles, my book contributions, and my monthly short story giveaway to regular readers.


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.

Short Stories

Tall Trees Short Stories

Tall Trees Short Stories Vol.20

My next book is a collection of short stories: TALL TREES SHORT STORIES Vol20 coming 30th June 2020. It will be available as an ebook from four major providers (Amazon, Apple, Google, and Kobo), and in paperback from all good bookshops (online and local). Let your imagination grow and prepare for a thrilling silvan adventure… Read More

Free story giveaways

Monthly story giveaway

During 2020 I’m releasing one free story every month for my readers. Some of the stories will appear in my next book Tall Trees Short Stories Vol 20 which is published 30 June. Other stories may appear in a later volume.

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

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 been represented by an agent, I believe that the publishing industry does not always represent its authors as it should. In particular I believe it to be too risk-averse, favouring celebrity over quality. 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 am enjoying a foray into the self-publishing world and I’m a proud new member of The Alliance of Independent Authors.

The Alliance of Independent Authors - Author Member

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 2020, I am self-publishing my first collection of short stories: Tall Trees Short Stories via my own imprint Wood Wide Works.

Read the latest news about my books.

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