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on 15 June 2015
Beautifully written and vastly knowledgeable. A wonderful book that evokes the strange Antarctic wilderness, the small community of scientists stranded on the icy base in the polar winter, previous heroic explorers, celestial observations, meteorological phenomena, the extraordinary penguins and much else.

It's the difference between junk food and real food. This is a great read!
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on 25 June 2014
Gavin skillfully weaves together 3 threads, the natural history of penguins, his own life's journey, and the experience of living on an remote Antarctic research station. A good book for anyone with an interest in Antarctica or Penguins, if you ever wondered what it would be like to live on an Antarctic Station then this is the book for you.
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on 29 December 2017
A good read..unlike others I found the 'spiritualness' a bit tedious, and less mention of the penguins than I was expecting.
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on 25 May 2016
This book was drawn to my attention by an article in Herald Scotland. It was so enjoyable and gives a real insight into the experience of being there. I also loved the story of the Emporer penguins, very interesting. I've since been on Instagram looking at Antarctica photos!
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on 22 November 2016
enjoyed reading it, will review on return with impressions
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on 14 January 2016
The story of one man's dream of spending a year in Antarctica, achieved! An excellent account of life in this remote, hostile environment. The book is well researched and thoroughly referenced so is a good "spring board" into the wealth of Antarctic literature available. There's also penguin chicks.
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on 21 August 2015
Still reading this book but enjoying it. An easy read, especially if you like penguins!
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on 21 March 2015
This was written by a young GP who spoke at last year's RCGP conference. If like me you are fascinated by remote places but rather too soft to go and experiment them yourself you,will enjoy this insight into BAS life.
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on 23 May 2014
I have read a lot of books about antarctica. I read this one but really the account didn't grab me. I thought there might have been more about the medical side but it was mostly penguin centred.
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on 4 June 2015
Really interesting about life, personalities and conditions in that hostile and distant land. Will definitely read other books by Gavin Franis.
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