Michael Pembroke is a writer, historian, naturalist and author. His book Arthur Phillip: Sailor, Mercenary, Governor, Spy became a television documentary and was short-listed for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards and runner-up in the National Maritime Museum history award. The research for Pembroke’s latest book, Korea, has taken him to Moscow, Beijing, Pyongyang, Washington DC, Princeton and Cambridge. In 2016, he travelled through North Korea from the Yalu River to the Demilitarised Zone. He has been a judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales since 2010.