Last week, while in Edinburgh for the launch of my book Green Gold at the Royal Botanic Garden, I was lucky to be invited to one of Scotland’s leading independent bookshops. The Edinburgh Bookshop is a treasure trove for book lovers, nestling in the heart of the city’s ‘Holy Corner’.Continue Reading

Green Gold books

Today was an exciting day, which at one time seemed so far away. Advance copies of my first full novel arrived fresh from the printers Clay Ltd. Published by Unbound, Green Gold: The Epic True Story of Victorian Plant Hunter John Jeffrey is available officially from 18th April. Advance copiesContinue Reading

Gift a book patronage this Christmas for a truly unique present

For a limited remaining time, anyone pre-ordering a copy of Green Gold will have their name printed as a Subscriber in the book. You can provide the name of a loved one instead.Continue Reading

Jeffrey pine limited edition print

I’ve just released GREEN GOLD newsletter No.11, with news and features connected with the creation of my latest book GREEN GOLD: the lost journals of John Jeffrey. It’s now a little over a year since publisher Unbound launched the GREEN GOLD fundraising campaign, and I’m pleased to report that it’sContinue Reading

Jeffrey pine painting in progress by Nicola Macartney

No.9 of my occasional newsletter is now available, featuring stories linked to the creation of my  historical novel: GREEN GOLD – the lost journals of John Jeffrey. In this issue, a new extract from the book, more stunning botanical art by Nicola Macartney, how to gift a book patronage thisContinue Reading

Following visits to Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) and Benmore Botanic Garden, botanical artist Nicola Macartney (collaborating in my GREEN GOLD book project) has started work painting sketches of western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla) including foliage, cones and a section of bark. These elements will be included in the final paintingContinue Reading

The New Sylva features in Top Books of the Year by the Mail on Sunday. The New Sylva – A Discourse of Forest and Orchard Trees for the 21st Century by Gabriel Hemery and Sarah Simblet (Bloomsbury). An unparalleled understanding of our trees, updating John Evelyn’s 17th-century Sylva, the first comprehensiveContinue Reading

The New Sylva has won an award in the British Book Design and Production Awards 2014. In the category for general non-fiction, known as “trade illustrated”, it won against stiff competition to secure the prize. The judge’s comments: The New Sylva is beautifully designed and produced. The stunning and delicateContinue Reading