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author • photographer • silvologist
My passion is the natural world. I believe that unless we can foster an affinity between all people and nature, life as we know it is in peril. The written word has the power to transform hearts and minds, especially when it subtly introduces new ways of thinking through the magic of imagination.
My first and award-winning book, The New Sylva, was published by Bloomsbury in 2014, celebrating and updating John Evelyn’s 1664 Sylva. I turned to fiction in 2019 with a biographical novel Green Gold which follows the real and imagined exploits of a Victorian plant hunter. In 2020 I published my first collection of environmental short stories Tall Trees Short Stories Vol20, followed by a second collection, Tall Trees Short Stories Vol21 in 2021. One of my short stories has been selected for a anthology to be published by Everyman's Library (Penguin Random House) in autumn 2021.
Current works in progress include a novella, and a new major non-fiction work in the form of a guide to the forests of Britain with a major publisher.
Fiction and Non-fiction writing
Trees, forestry, and the natural environment