Lloyd Spencer Davis

  • Wall Street Journal

    An interesting blend of polar history and natural history

  • BookList

    An engaging detective story

  • New York Times

    “A Polar Affair” offers a timely illumination of a mysterious and vital ecosystem

  • BookPage

    Davis serves it all up with wit and a wry, irrepressible sense of humor

  • Nature

    A rip-roaring read on research at the edge

A Polar Affair

A man named George Murray Levick was a physician on Robert Falcon Scott’s tragic Antarctic expedition of 1910. Marooned in the Antarctic, 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 then 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’s 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.

Published by Pegasus Books.