The New Sylva

The New Sylva

The New Sylva – in the making

The New Sylva book is a detailed and sumptuous celebration of trees and forests, by authors Gabriel Hemery and Sarah Simblet. Published by Bloomsbury in 2014, it was released in the UK in April, and in the US in October.

The book is 400 pages in length and features more than 100 tree species, accompanied by 200 specially commissioned pen and ink drawings. Read reviews here.

This website was created by the authors to capture the creation of the book. Starting at the inception of our journey in January 2012, it features the writing of the manuscript, the making of artwork, insights into the editorial cycle and, finally, it covers our activities during 2014 – the publication year.

The New Sylva is now available in all good bookshops, and signed copies available to purchase online here.

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” . . . any gardener or naturalist could only be delighted to be given The New Sylva: A Discourse of Forest & Orchard Trees for the 21st Century by Gabriel Hemery and Sarah Simblet (Bloomsbury, £50), renovating John Evelyn’s classic, Sylva, of 1664. Beautifully illustrated with black-and-white pen-and-ink drawings by Simblet, it sets out “to revitalise our wood culture: to plant a tree; to marvel at the beauty and richness of a woodland…”.  The New Sylva looks to the future for each species — and it’s a delight on every page.”

David Sexton, London Evening Standard
11th December 2014

  1. Review in Irish Forestry Leave a reply
  2. Featured in Books of the Year list by Mail on Sunday 1 Reply
  3. The New Sylva wins major award for design and production Leave a reply
  4. Review in Resurgence and Ecologist Leave a reply