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A captivating blend of true adventure and natural history by one of today's leading penguin experts and Antarctic explorers

George Murray Levick was the physician on Robert Falcon Scott's tragic Antarctic expedition of 1910. Marooned for an Antarctic winter, Levick passed the time by becoming the first man to study penguins up close. His findings were so shocking to Victorian morals that they were quickly suppressed and seemingly lost to history.

A century later, Lloyd Spencer Davis rediscovers Levick and his findings during the course of his own scientific adventures in Antarctica. Levick's long-suppressed manuscript reveals not only an incredible survival story, but one that will change our understanding of an entire species.

A Polar Affair reveals the last untold tale from the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. It is perhaps the greatest of all of those stories, but why was it hidden to begin with? The ever-fascinating and charming penguin holds the key. Moving deftly between both Levick's and Davis' explorations, observations, and comparisons in biology over the course of a century, A Polar Affair reveals cutting-edge findings about ornithology, in which the sex lives of penguins are the jumping-off point for major new insights into the underpinnings of evolutionary biology itself.

©2019 Lloyd Spencer Davis (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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The authoritative tome on penguin sex.

It took Murray Levick's discoveries about penguin sex to come to light and Professor Davis's account of the journey to his own realisations about penguins and his predecessor make for compelling literature.
The narrator over egged the revelatory tone a bit, with every statement giving an impression that enlightenment was achieved.

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  • Howard Houchen
  • 06-05-2020

FASCINATING

Painstakingly researched, brilliantly composed, and unashamedly truthful. The men, women, and penguins of The Heroic Age of Polar Exploration (before & since) are different than has been portrayed.

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  • Robert L Langbauer
  • 02-03-2020

A Fantastic Book!

This book is so well written and so well read. It multifunctional. At its heart it is adventure book but it is also a biological study and a revelation of human nature and human values.

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