My Penguin Year: Life Among the Emperors

My Penguin Year: Life Among the Emperors

by Lindsay McCrae


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A "remarkable memoir" (Nature) of life with an emperor penguin colony, gorgeously illustrated with 32 pages of exclusive photography 

For 337 days, award-winning wildlife cameraman Lindsay McCrae intimately followed 11,000 emperor penguins amid the singular beauty of Antarctica. This is his masterful chronicle of one penguin colony’s astonishing journey of life, death, and rebirth—and of the extraordinary human experience of living amongst them in the planet’s harshest environment.

A miracle occurs each winter in Antarctica. As temperatures plummet 60° below zero and the sea around the remote southern continent freezes, emperors—the largest of all penguins—begin marching up to 100 miles over solid ice to reach their breeding grounds. They are the only animals to breed in the depths of this, the worst winter on the planet; and in an unusual role reversal, the males incubate the eggs, fasting for over 100 days to ensure they introduce their chicks safely into their new frozen world.

My Penguin Year recounts McCrae's remarkable adventure to the end of the Earth. He observed every aspect of a breeding emperor's life, facing the inevitable sacrifices that came with living his childhood dream, and grappling with the personal obstacles that, being over 15,000km away from the comforts of home, almost proved too much. Out of that experience, he has written an unprecedented portrait of Antarctica’s most extraordinary residents.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062971364
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/12/2019
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 177,626
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

LINDSAY MCCRAE won the 2019 BAFTA Award for factual photography. Raised in England's Lake District, he has been filming wildlife professionally for more than ten years, from Alaska to Antarctica, from the Scottish Highlands to the rainforests of Indonesia. He was director of photography on BBC Studios's Dynasties: Emperor, narrated by Sir David Attenborough.

Table of Contents

3 April 2017 1

1 To the Other End of the Earth 5

2 The Emperors Return 49

3 The Beginnings of a Dynasty 85

4 The Next Generation is on its Way 121

5 The Worst Winter on Earth 153

6 New Life on the Ice 189

7 A Spring Like No Other 225

8 My Final Few Weeks 263

Postscript - Back to Reality 283

Acknowledgements 291

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