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My Penguin Year: Life Among the Emperors

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  14 reviews
An unprecedented portrait of an emperor penguin colony in Antarctica, generously illustrated with the author’s breathtaking 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,
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published November 12th 2019 by William Morrow
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Angela Groom
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I loved this book so much - I am a penguin fan so when I heard about this book I knew it was for me. What a fantastic read. Lindsay McCrae's passion for wildlife began when he was fourteen when he filmed badgers and wrote to Spring watch and asked them to come and take a look. They did just that and so his love of filming animals continued and grew. He asked for a loan from his Mum to buy his first professional camera and his first job was an internship involved in the filming of animals. His ...more
Natalie (CuriousReader)
A memoir of a documentary film-maker getting the amazing opportunity to film emperor penguins in Antarctica for 11 months; this should sparkle and be charged but instead it falls short of any deeper revelations, it's ineffectually written and most of all the negative perspective of the author himself infects everything he writes about what he sees at this southern-most point of the earth.

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Kevin. McKernan
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I did not know what to expect when I received this book. Even after a bit into it I wasnt sure, but it turned into a very good read. It was interesting and kept my attention. If you begin it stick with it You will enjoy
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
The book was not quite what I expected based on advance publicity which was heavy on the 'wife had a baby whilst he was away' angle. I haven't even seen the Dynasties footage that his 11 month trip was all about capturing. But I've felt myself a fan for a long time (I always look to see if his name comes up in the Watches credits) - McCrae seems to me in the mould of Jon Aitchison rather than the perhaps 'louder' more macho wildlife cameramen (so many wielding the cameras do seem to be men)

Paul Naoum
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*I received an advance review copy through Goodreads Giveaways.

For anyone who's a fan of BBC nature shows like Planet Earth and Blue Planet, this is a highly entertaining read that pulls back the curtains on what it's like for the folks who venture into the wild to capture the footage. The author spent an entire year in an Antarctic research station, braving the worst storms on Earth and months of total darkness to film emperor penguins for the new show Dynasties.

I learned how isolated people
Oct 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I actually have a paperback uncorrected proof of this book. I received a copy of "My Penguin Year: Life among the Emperors. Lindsay McCrae is a professional photographer. He was hired to take pictures of the Emperor penguins in Antarctica. He spent almost one year living in Antarctica photographing the penguins. He writes of the constantly freezing cold weather. The months just waiting for the penguins to appear and taking pictures of them through out the year. He managed to witness the males ...more
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a must read for anyone that likes Emperor Penguins, but also of interest to anyone that is interested in Antarctica. While he is in Antarctica to film the Emperor Penguins and struggling through the weather, you get to sit at home and read of the struggles of filming the penguins near Neumayer station. I was amazed at the difficulties he went through to get the complete life cycle of the penguins while they are breeding. As for his decision after the big storm, I was relieved at his ...more
Britten Thompson
I had really high hopes for this book, but it just felt like the author complained through the entire book and then wanted to go back to Antarctica at some point in his life even though it sounded like he hated it there.

I didn’t learn anything about penguins, their journey or really filmmaking even. The only other thing talked about in the book at length, aside from complaints, was “kit” and “kitting up” which referenced winter gear, cameras, etc. and was mentioned with the fervour if someone
Sara Smith
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I received a free ARC of this book from the publisher on Goodreads Giveways.

This book touched me so much and really helped me feel like I was up close and personal with the penguins just as Lindsay was for 11 months in Antarctica. This book made me laugh a couple of times, but mostly it made me tear up with what these incredible creatures go through just to propagate their species. It's really amazing. Also, I have no desire to ever go to Antarctica. Being this cold sounds like torture. Lindsay
Kathleen Gray
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Penguin fans and those interested in wildlife photography will welcome this book about McCrae's efforts to film the emperor penguin in its natural habitat. What an opportunity he had to be able to overwinter in Antarctica at a German research station! Often thwarted by weather and the ice shelf, McCrae still managed to get his film. He is constantly aware as well that he left his pregnant wife Becky (with her assent) back in the UK with her parents. Fans of books about Antarctica should know ...more
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who doesn’t want to read about penguins? A simple, easy-going style and a fascinating insight into what it takes to spend a year filming in the most remote and inhospitable place on earth make this well worth a read
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Since I am very interested in penguins I definitely enjoyed this book. Lots of information about penguins and survival in extreme weather conditions. Often sad seeing what the penguins go through to survive.
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Nov 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was cool (pun intended), but, although enjoyable, I did not think it was outstanding.
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