Early retirement was never meant to be like this.
Six months into their Turkish affair, Jack and Liam, a gay couple from London, took up pole position in the oldest ward of Bodrum Town, Turkey's Saint-Tropez. If they wanted to shy away from the curtain-twitchers, they couldn’t have chosen a worse position. Their terrace overlooked Turkey Street like the balcony of Buckingham Palace and the middle-aged infidels stuck out like a couple of old drunks at a temperance meeting. Yet, they were welcomed into the fold by a flamboyant mix of feisty locals and the Bodrum Belles, veteran expats who drank them under the table. Hop aboard Jack’s rainbow gulet as they navigate the choppy waters of a town on the march and a national resurgence not seen since Suleiman the Magnificent was at the gates of Vienna. It's a sweeping tale of passion and betrayal, broken hearts and broken bones, love and loathing, sin and salvation, ruins and relics, playful waiters and dodgy workmen, dirty politics and the dawn of a new Ottoman era.
Perking the Pansies
Best of Perking the Pansies
The blog from the Turkey Years
Jack has published the best of Perking the Pansies, the blog, from the Turkey years as a two volume e-book, available in both Kindle and ePUB formats. The uncensored director's cut includes previously unpublished material together with some home-spun practical advice about living the dream and Jack’s personal recommendations of the must-sees that Turkey has to offer to visitors and residents alike. Jack likes to be functional as well as decorative.