Penguin expert and Antarctic explorer Lloyd Spencer Davis blends natural history, evolutionary biology and stories of adventure in his new book A Polar Affair: Antarctica's Forgotten Hero and the Secret Love Lives of Penguins.
The 'forgotten hero' of the title is George Levick, the doctor on Robert Falcon Scott's tragic Antarctic expedition of 1910.
Levick became an enthusiastic observer of penguins while he was marooned down South over an Antarctic winter. But the practices he saw there were so depraved, and the couplings so sordid, they were suppressed and sanitised for a Victorian audience.
Lloyd Spencer Davis' previous books include Penguin: A Season in the Life of the Adelie Penguin for which he received the PEN (NZ) Best First Book Award for Nonfiction.
He is also the author of Looking For Darwin, which won the CLL Writer's Award.