Arboreal

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 by Little Toller Books.

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. Read More

The New Sylva

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.

“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 Read More

Green Gold

In 1850 young Scottish tree-hunter John Jeffrey is despatched by an elite group of Victorian subscribers to seek highly-prized exotic tree species in North America. An early letter home tells of a 1,200-mile transcontinental journey on foot. Later, tantalising botanical samples arrive from British Columbia, Oregon and California, yet early promise soon withers. Three and a half years after setting out, John Jeffrey disappears without a trace. Was he lost to love, violence or the Gold Rush?

Green Gold: The Epic True Story of Victorian Plant Hunter John Jeffrey – will be published with Unbound in Spring 2019. Read More