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Review in Irish Forestry

December 5, 2014

Gabriel Hemery

“This is a magnificent book which will appeal not only to anybody interested in trees, but also those who appreciate beautiful books. Highly recommended.”

Kevin Hutchinson, Irish Forestry (Society of Irish Foresters)
December 2014

Review in Resurgence and Ecologist

November 1, 2014

Gabriel Hemery

“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 . . .”


“The drawings really are astonishing: they are fine and vivid, combining anatomical precision with qualities that arouse intense emotion . . .”


“This book is gorgeous, precious and important.”

Trees of Enchantment – by Caspar Henderson
Resurgence & Ecologist Magazine, November/December 2014

Review in The Countryman

September 29, 2014

Gabriel Hemery

“There can perhaps be no greater tribute to Dr Gabriel Hemery’s The New Sylva than that it manages to inhabit the soul of Evelyn’s original, whilst reinvigorating it, and reshaping his message for our times.”


“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.”


The New Sylva – by Jack Watkins
The Countryman, October 1st 2014

Author talk at Surrey History Centre

August 18, 2014

Gabriel Hemery

Author Gabriel Hemery will be talking about The New Sylva at the Surrey History Centre in Woking at 1430 on 4th October. The centre is just 14 miles from the John Evelyn’s birthplace at Wotton House.

Gabriel’s talk will be illustrated with the exquisite drawings of artist Sarah Simblet. An exhibition about John Evelyn’s work will be on show alongside Evelyn’s letters, diaries and copies of Sylva which are now in the care of Surrey History Centre.

Bloomsbury, the publisher of The New Sylva, has kindly donated a copy of the book to be given away to one lucky member of the audience at the event on 4 October. Signed copies will be available to purchase.

To read more about the talk and to book your place – see here



Review in Times Literary Supplement

August 14, 2014

Gabriel Hemery

“. . . an authoritative, up-to-date survey of modern forestry practice, set picturesquely . . .  among quotations and decorations from the first such book to be written in England.”


“There is a brief accountant of tree biology, then a long series of chapters on all the main British species of trees . . . These are delightful chapters: Hemery describes the trees attractively one by one, often coming up with fascinating facts about them, but concentrates always on the soundest methods of growing them . . .”


“[Evelyn’s] many appearances in the text, the starred quotations from him that dot the pages, and even the layouts and occasional typography from Sylva, while they may seem bizarre in a scholarly work, nevertheless add something striking and worthwhile to the book.”


“The other important feature of the book is its illustrations. Black-and-white drawings by Sarah Simblet crowd the pages. They have an easy grace, while illustrating their subjects in the finest detail. They range from a bud on a twig to a whole tree in the landscape.”

Cherries, oaks and shifting beech – by Derwent May
Times Literary Supplement, August 8th 2014

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Review for the Royal Forestry Society

July 3, 2014

Gabriel Hemery

“In the forty years of my professional career and the ten years of my retirement I have read and reviewed many forestry books but this is by far the most outstanding in its style, content, illustrations, readability and historical value.”

“Some 350 years after Evelyn’s publication, Hemery and Simblet have produced a magnum opus of the same style and with the same intent – to encourage political and public awareness of the importance of trees to the nation and their value to individual growers and users.”

Professor Jeffery Burley
Quarterly Journal of Forestry, July 2014, Vol 108, No.3
Royal Forestry Society

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