This book is the winner of the Scottish book of the year award 2013. It was shortlisted for the 2013 Costa Biography Prize. It was shortlisted for the 2013 RSL Ondaatje Prize. It was shortlisted for Banff Adventure Travel Prize. It was shortlisted for Saltire Book of the Year Award. Gavin Francis fulfilled a lifetime's ambition when he spent fourteen months as the base-camp doctor at Halley, a profoundly isolated British research station on the Caird Coast of Antarctica. So remote, it is said to be easier to evacuate a casualty from the International Space Station than it is to bring someone out of Halley in winter. Antarctica offered a year of unparalleled silence and solitude, with few distractions and very little human history, but also a rare opportunity to live among emperor penguins, the only species truly at home in the Antarctic. Following the penguins throughout the year - from a summer of perpetual sunshine to months of winter darkness - Gavin Francis explores a world of great beauty conjured from the simplest elements, the hardship of living at 50 C below zero and the unexpected comfort that the penguin community bring.