Turtle is a best-selling author, historian, public speaker and TV presenter based in Ireland. His book 1847 – A Chronicle of Genius, Generosity & Savagery smashed into the charts at No. 8 just five days after its launch in Dublin by Luka Bloom. The 2016 Oscar-nominated film director Lenny Abrahamson describes it as “vivid, surprising, hugely entertaining; an unforgettable encounter with an extraordinary year.”
Turtle’s previous books include 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 the award- winning Vanishing Ireland series.
He is presently curating ‘A City By The Sea‘, a maritime history of Cork, and Cork 1918, both on show at St Peter’s Church. Turtle was one of the key speakers at the 2018 St Patrick’s Festival in Savannah, Georgia, and the 2017 St Patrick’s Festival in Dublin, Ireland. He also recently presented talks on his ‘1847’ and Vanishing Ireland’ books at the Irish Books Arts & Music Celebration in Chicago.
A past winner of Ireland’s Long Haul Travel Journalist of the Year Award, his work has been published in National Geographic Traveler, The World of Interiors, Playboy, The Irish Times, 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 Infidelity and The Inheritance.