Turtle Bunbury is a popular historian, public speaker and best-selling author. He researches the history of families, businesses, organisations and houses, capturing the legacy of the past, preserving the future for generations to come.
‘Ireland's Forgotten Past’ (Thames & Hudson, 2020), his latest best-seller, is described by BBC History Magazine as ‘a magnificently eclectic collection [by] a skilled storyteller who carries his learning lightly and his readers with him.'
Turtle also writes succinct, marketable histories for heritage brands. His most recent commissions include Adare Manor, the Maxol Group and Weir & Sons jewellers. His other books include the award-winning Vanishing Ireland, Easter Dawn, The Glorious Madness, The Irish Pub and 1847.
A contributor to the television series 'Who Do You Think You Are?' and the US podcast 'Backstory', Turtle presents history talks at corporate events and literary festivals around the world.
'With a brilliant flourish, Turtle Bunbury’s open-handed, clear-sighted and finely written book is a veritable banner of wonderful stories.'
'I’ve always loved Turtle’s writing, the wit and heartbeat in his history.’
‘One of the most versatile authors of his generation.’
'It was an absolute pleasure to work with Turtle. His dedication, hard work and professionalism throughout the entire process was outstanding.'
Colm Hannon, Adare Manor
'I very much enjoyed his fleet-footed, fact-friendly talk. He pulled it off with charm, wit and expertise.'
George Stone, editor-in-chief,
National Geographic Traveler
Turtle’s ‘Past Tracks’ project brings beautifully illustrated history panels to people around the world. The first phase will see history panels unveiled at railway stations across Ireland (supported by Irish Rail) in 2021, which will then follow into the U.K and Europe. Devised and written by Turtle, and illustrated by the artist Derry Dillon, the quirky, accessible panels both enlighten and entertain.
"We are surrounded by the past wherever we stand," explains Turtle. "Past Tracks is about taking stories from our rich history and presenting them as something that will hopefully intrigue, amuse and maybe even inspire people as they wait."