Turtle Bunbury

Writer and Historian

Random Quote
Random Date



image title



image title

The Irish Diaspora
(Thames & Hudson, 2020)

'An impeccably researched book
[with] a fascinating assortment
of case histories ... models of lucid
compression, lively yet judicious,
packed with vivid detail.’
BBC History Magazine

image title

Ireland's Forgotten Past
(Thames & Hudson, 2020)

‘Delicious … a stirring atlas of Irishness’
Sebastian Barry, The Guardian

'A magnificently eclectic collection [by] a
skilled storyteller who carries his learning
lightly and his readers with him'.
BBC History Magazine

‘A rare and cherishable thing: combining
assiduous research with a nose for ribald fun,
Bunbury disinters the odd, the arcane and
the profoundly surprising from the dark
recesses of a mostly unknown history.'
The Yorkshire Times




Turtle Bunbury is a best-selling author, historian, public speaker, content creator and TV presenter based in Ireland. His latest book The Irish Diaspora - Tales of Emigrants, Exile & Empire (Thames & Hudson) launched in March 2021.

Turtle’s other books include the award-winning Vanishing Ireland series, Ireland's Forgotten Past (Thames & Hudson, 2020), Maxol - The Story of an Irish Family Business (2020), Adare Manor - An Epicurean Journey (2020), Adare Manor - Renaissance of an Irish Country House (2019), Easter Dawn (2015), The Glorious Madness - Tales of the Irish & the Great War (short-listed for Best Irish-published Book of the Year 2014) and 1847 - A Chronicle of Genius, Generosity & Savagery, which Oscar-nominated film director Lenny Abrahamson describes as 'vivid, surprising, hugely entertaining.’

Over the course of 2021, Turtle will be launching the Vanishing Ireland podcasts, as well as the second phase of the Past Tracks project with Irish Rail, bringing a dash of historical colour to cheer up commuters at 50 railway stations across Ireland.



image title


‘What I love about Turtle’s writing is that he takes a subject that you might only have a slight connection with, and then he tells
you a story that pulls you right into the middle of it. The only other person I can think of who does that is Bill Bryson.’
John Toal, BBC Radio Ulster, 2020



Turtle spoke at the 2020 Dublin History Festival, the 2020 West Cork History Festival; 2019 Chalke Valley History Festival; All Together Now 2019; the Norman Invasion 850 in Bannow; the 2018 All-State Circle of Champions in Ireland; the St Patrick's Day Festival in Savannah, Georgia; Hinterland; the Borris Festival of Writing & Ideas and the IBAM Celebration in Chicago.

In 2018 he gave a talk in Munich about the life of Lola Montez and appeared alongside actress Mandy Moore on the US series of 'Who Do You Think You Are?' He co-presented two series of the 'Genealogy Roadshow' for RTE and is a frequent guest on Nationwide. He is the founder of Wistorical, an innovative concept for promoting Irish history globally. He also co-founded the History Festival of Ireland and curated a historical exhibitions on show at Cork City airport in 2020.

Turtle also specialises in writing corporate, family and house histories. A past winner of Ireland's Long Haul Travel Journalist of the Year Award, his work has been published in National Geographic Traveler, The Daily Beast, The World of Interiors, Playboy, The Financial Times, The New York Post, The Australian, Inspirato, The Guardian and Vogue Living.

Turtle is married to the novelist and PR guru Ally Bunbury, author of The Inheritance and Infidelity, which the Irish Independent describes as 'a funny, escapist novel full of quirky twists and turns that leaves you wanting more.'



facebook vanishing ireland







Click here to follow Turtle on Wordpress


This website has been compiled in the interest of furthering the research and study of both local and international history.