‘Arthur Phillip – Sailor, Mercenary, Governor, Spy’ was short-listed for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards 2014
The judges made the following comment about the book:
“Michael Pembroke’s Arthur Phillip: Sailor, Mercenary, Governor, Spy is a rich, freshly edifying and widely informed portrait of this multi-faceted man who, from a highly diversified and unexpected background, became the key figure in Australia’s founding settlement. Impressively written with verve, perception and wide research knowledge, it reveals a complex and versatile figure.”
Michael Pembroke is a writer, historian, naturalist and Supreme Court judge.
His book on the history of the Korean peninsula will be released in Australia early in 2017. Its working title is American Eagle – Korea’s Tragedy.
In 2016 he travelled through North Korea from the Yalu River on the Manchurian border to the demilitarised zone in the south. His research has taken him to Moscow, Beijing, Pyongyang, Washington DC and Cambridge. Later this year, he will take up a position as a Director’s Visitor at the Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey.
Trees of History and Romance
In this book, written with grace and playfulness, wit, erudition and occasional introspection, Michael Pembroke has collected a cornucopia of information on certain trees, drawn from history, literature, poetry, mythology, botany and folklore.