Written by Anthony J. Evans. Illustrations by his daughter, Hope Evans (age 9).
Based on a true story about a monkey who escaped from Belgrade Zoo, Sammi the Monkey is a wonderful parable for grown-ups to read to children.


Sammi is based on a true story. There was a real chimp in Belgrade zoo, called Sami, who actually escaped twice. Sami passed away in 1992 and there is now a statue of him at the entrance to the zoo.


The first draft of the book was written in the summer of 2018, and Hope did the illustrations when she was 8. Several copies were printed and people really enjoyed the story. So at the end of 2019 we decided to publish the book properly. Anthony edited the text, and Hope revised the illustrations.



Anthony J. Evans is an academic economist and has published books such as Getting the Measure of Money, Markets for Managers, and The Neoliberal Revolution in Eastern Europe.

He travels to Belgrade regularly, but has never been to the zoo.



Hope Evans was born in Watford in 2010.

She enjoys roller skating, practising her violin, and playing football for her local team.


Order a paperback copy of Sammi The Monkey by completing the form below and sending £10 in payment (includes £2 postage and packing) via PayPal to faith.donohoe@gmail.com


Director of Belgrade zoo, Vuk Bojovic, trying to persuade Sami to return

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