Where the wild things were
Stanley Johnson was born in Cornwall in 1940, and educated at Ravenswood School, Sherborne School and Exeter College, Oxford. Since 1951 his family has farmed on Exmoor, and Stanley still manages the farm there today. He is a former Conservative member of the European Parliament (MEP) where he served (1979-1984) as Vice Chairman of the Parliament's Committee on Environment, Public Health and Consumer Protection. He has also worked in the European Commission (1973-1979) as Head of the Prevention of Pollution division and (1984-1994) as Senior Adviser to DG Environment and as Director of Energy Policy. Stanley also served on the staff of the World Bank and the International Planned Parenthood Federation. He is currently a trustee of the Gorilla Organisation and an Ambassador for the United Nations Convention on Migratory Species. He has had ten books published dealing with environmental issues, and has also had nine novels published. In 1984 he was awarded the Greenpeace Prize for Outstanding Services to the Environment and in the same year the RSPCA Richard Martin award for services to animal welfare. His latest book is Where The Wild Things Were.