Focusing on nine of the most prominent landowning families in Ireland's Garden County of Wicklow, this beautifully illustrated book features many rare and carefully sourced photographs. Turtle begins with a well-crafted study of the Viscounts Powerscourt and their neighbours, the Earls of Meath and Wicklow. Among the other characters under investigation are the epic lives of three different Erskine Childers, General Dennis from County Wicklow who commanded the artillery at El Alamein, the girl from Rossanagh who inspired Mary Shelley to write, the clergyman who taught the Brontes father how to read, the geologist from Baltinglass who made radio contact with Australia before World War One, the botanical genius behind the gardens at Kilmacurragh, the Glendalough man who took on the Zulus, the Madame of Humewood whose father surrendered Paris to the Germans and the playboy Earl of Wicklow who became an intimate devotee of Dublin pubs in the 1950s.
Turtle Bunbury is a best-selling author and historian based in Ireland. He is probably best known for his 'Vanishing Ireland' books. Each book in this series comprises of approximately 50 short, humorous, informative and often poignant interviews with men and women of senior vintage from across Ireland. Their memories of the old days are juxtaposed with their thoughts on the present. Each book is handsomely illustrated with portrait photographs by renowned Irish photographer James Fennell. The first volume of the series launched in 2006 and was short-listed for the Eason's Irish Book of the Year Award. The second volume, 'Vanishing Ireland - Further Chronicles of a Disappearing World', was the No. 1 Picture Book in Ireland for Christmas 2009 and was also short-listed for the 2010 IES Irish-Published Book of the Year. A third volume, 'Recollections of Our Changing Times', was launched in October 2011.
Turtle's book, 'Sporting Legends of Ireland' was launched in September 2010 and nominated for the 2010 William Hill Irish Sports Book of the Year Award. The book features portrait interviews with 44 icons of Irish sport including Olympic gold medallists Ronnie Delany, Michael Carruth and Mary Peters, GAA legends DJ Carey, Jack O'Shea and Mick O'Connell, equestrian giants Eddie Macken, Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh, and a host of world champions from Ken Doherty to Stephen Roche to Sonia O'Sullivan and Willie John McBride.
Turtle is also author of two lavishly illustrated coffee table books, 'The Irish Pub' and 'Living in Sri Lanka', both published by Thames & Hudson and featuring photographs by James Fennell.
Turtle is a professional historian and amongst his other published titles are 'Dublin Docklands' (a history of Dublin's dockland area), 'The Landed Gentry and Aristocracy of Co. Wicklow' and 'The Landed Gentry and Aristocracy of Co. Wicklow'.
Turtle lives in Co. Carlow with his wife Ally and two daughters, Jemima and Bay.
For further information see www.turtlebunbury.com