Gavin Francis, MD

Gavin Francis

Gavin Francis is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, and a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners. He lives and practices medicine in Edinburgh. Dr. Francis studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh. After qualifying as a physician, Francis spent ten years traveling, during which time he visited all seven continents.

His first book, True North: Travels in Arctic Europe, explores the history of Europe's expansion northwards from the first Greek explorers to the Polar expeditions of the late 19th and 20th centuries. It was nominated for a William Mills Prize for Polar Books. He is also the author of Empire Antarctica: Ice, Silence & Emperor Penguins which was SMIT Scottish Book of the Year 2013 and shortlisted for the Costa, Ondaatje, Banff, & Saltire Prizes, Adventures in Human Being which won Saltire Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2015, was the Observer's Science Book of the Year, and was a winner in the BMA Book Awards, and Shapeshifters: On Medicine & Human Change, which was a book of the year in the Sunday Times and the Scotsman. His fifth book, Island Dreams, will be published in 2019. His books have been translated into 18 languages. He is a regular contributor to the Guardian, LRB and the New York Review of Books.