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Product details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (10 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408835444
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408835449
  • Product Dimensions: 25.2 x 4.5 x 29.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr Gabriel Hemery is passionate about trees and has a lifelong interest in sustainable forestry.

As a practising silvologist (forest scientist) he has undertaken research in subjects ranging from the walnut-fruit forests of Kyrgyzstan, the genetic improvement of hardwoods for timber production, to rearing free-range poultry in farm woodlands. He has authored more than 70 scientific articles.

His first book was The New Sylva, published by Bloomsbury in 2014.

He writes a popular tree and forestry blog (www.GabrielHemery.com) and created a blog following the making of The New Sylva (www.newsylva.com). He is also a keen amateur photographer of trees and forests (www.theTreePhotographer.com).

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Elegant ... with glorious drawings (Sunday Telegraph)

An excellent successor to Sylva, well written and full of interesting information ... The illustrations are magnificent, pen drawings by the great tree artist Sarah Simblet. She has the rare gift of depicting a recognisable leafless tree, a gift that was denied to artists Poussin and Gainsborough (Oliver Rackham, Spectator)

Sumptuous ... exquisite drawings grace almost every spread. The reader will be beguiled into consuming large sections in a single sitting. It's also a book for dipping into. ... planting trees is an affirmation of faith in the future, and this book will inspire new generations of tree planters, just as the original did (Gardens Illustrated)

We dig this ... a book that proclaims its virtues with quiet dignity (Sunday Times)

Exquisite (BBC Countrylife)

Beautiful, useful and inspirational (BBC Wildlife Book of the Month)

Exquisite ... eloquently written and beautifully illustrated (The Lady)

... should inspire the current generation of planters, whether they have acres or a small back garden (Garden)

Perfect for fireside evenings dreaming of woodland rambles (BBC Countrylife)

Gorgeous, precious and important (Resurgence & Ecologist)

An unparalleled understanding of our trees (Mail on Sunday)

A delight on every page (Gardening Books of the Year Evening Standard)

Book Description

A visually sumptuous and breathtakingly detailed book about British trees and woodland, publishing to coincide with the 350th anniversary of John Evelyn's landmark work, Sylva

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By bearmwga on 10 April 2014
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The day this wonderful book arrived I listened to a discussion on Radio 4 about the future of publishing where one of the participants concluded that paper book publishers should focus on producing beautiful books. This is a beautiful book. Well worth £40, a big book, robustly engineered and full of exquisite drawings and well written and compelling narratives. John Evelyn would have been proud.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Susan Lockrey on 5 May 2014
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In the same way that Richard Mabey's "Flora Britannica" and Mark Cocker's "Birds and People" were such obvious choices for book of the year, surely Hemery and Simblet's magnificent production "The New Sylva" is similarly a shoo-in for such an award. A truly wonderful publication. Absolutely brilliant. And what a superb riposte to the dreary world of eBooks. A stunner.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bear on 17 Nov. 2014
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This is a magnificently produced book. It is more suitable for someone whose knowledge of trees is already extensive but the quality of the writing and illustrations would make it a welcome Christmas present for any naturalist whatever their specialism. I have just one criticism: a number of the illustrations are spread over two pages with the result that they are distorted in the centre, it not being possible to lay the pages completely flat without serious damage to the spine. This ruins the dignity of the illustrations and in fact makes some look slightly silly (eg. the oak on pages 208-9). I'm sure the artist wouldn't have been happy with this mutilation. Providing fold-outs for the larger illustrations is one solution that the publisher could have considered.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By georgianna Watson on 29 April 2014
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This book is simply a work of art and a piece that any tree lover should own. Well thought out and entirely accessible.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Bradley on 2 May 2014
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An excellent book for those interested in trees and artwork. The colour of the paper tends to diffuse the quality of the illustrations which in real life are so much clearer.
Thoroughly recommend.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By graham barton on 14 May 2014
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This book has been long awaited, a combination of digestible text, written in a informative way, outlining details which include specie history, uses and common traits, without the lack of personality often delivered in a guide. The book is a real achievement for author, publishing team.
The drawings are exquisite, real masterpieces.
This book is a must for any naturalists.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Woof on 14 July 2014
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Wow! I thought it was a steepish price but SO much work has gone into this - it's not! It's an amazing piece of work.
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By Rob D on 11 Jan. 2015
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Book was a present for my sister-in-law's 70th birthday. She is a tree lover and was overwhelmed with all the information and fantastic illustrations. It is an impressive very large book and highly recommended in the BBC Countryfile December '14 magazine.
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