‘The Mediterranean Monk Seal has been recently classified as one of the 12 most endangered animals in the world. Urban growth, industrial poisons, mass tourism and over-fishing are destroying its natural habitat. The Monk Seal has found its last refuge in the Eastern Aegean, a region where the hostile powers of Greece and Turkey confront each other across a few kilometres of sea. For three years William Johnson led an international project to save the Monk Seal by creating a network of sanctuaries, centred on the island of Samos. But after increasing harassment by the Greek security forces he was expelled from the country as persona non grata. This is a sad and poignant account of the insanity of a world which allows such a delightful animal to become extinct, for "with every dying animal and plant, every dying forest, river and lake, a part of our humanity is also dying."’ — The Sunday Times

‘A passionately written and entertaining book… we need books like this to remind us how easy it is to believe that complacency is really pragmatism.’ — New Scientist

‘…this is an important story well told: it is interesting and easy to read, and, when describing the author’s brushes with bureaucracy is informative, and eye-opening…’ — Environment Now

‘…In his new book, Johnson accuses the Greek government of allowing territorial disputes with Turkey to interfere with attempts to set up reserves to save the seals…’ — Gemini, International News Syndication

‘William Johnson was looking down the wrong end of a fidgety soldier’s sub-machinegun. He was being roughly booted out of the country… branded as a spy. Three years before his car had been expertly booby-trapped. This is no plot for a thriller novel. It’s the real-life world of [nature conservation on the front line]…’ — Sunday Mercury

‘Both books [The Monk Seal Conspiracy and The Rose-Tinted Menagerie] are obviously works of wide knowledge and of integrity… I see these books as a valuable contribution to this growing tendency to recognise that we have to share the world with wild animals rather than exploit them for petty and trivial purposes. I am proud to add these books to my already quite extensive collection…’ — Richard Adams