Jack Scott, Author and Writer
Jack Scott was born on a British army base in Canterbury, England in 1960 and spent part of his childhood in Malaysia as a ‘forces brat.' A fondness for men in uniforms quickly developed. At the age of eighteen and determined to dodge further education, Jack became a shop boy on Chelsea’s trendy King’s Road. Days on the tills and nights on the tiles were the best probation for a young gay man about town. After two carefree years, Jack swapped sales for security and got a proper job with a pension attached. By his late forties, passionately dissatisfied with suburban life and middle management, he and husband, Liam, abandoned the sanctuary of liberal London for an uncertain future in Turkey.
In 2010, Jack started an irreverent narrative about his new life and Perking the Pansies quickly became one of the most popular English language blogs in Turkey. Within a year, he had been featured in the Turkish national press, had published numerous essays and articles in expat and travel magazines and had contributed to the Huffington Post Union of Bloggers. As the blog developed a head of steam, a growing worldwide audience clamoured for a book. Jack duly obliged and his hilarious (well, he thinks so) memoir, Perking the Pansies, Jack and Liam move to Turkey was released through Summertime Publishing in 2011.
Receiving critical acclaim, Perking the Pansies was a finalist for the prestigious Polari First Book Prize, featured in a double page spread in Time Out, Istanbul and received critical acclaim in the Hurriyet Daily News, Turkey's foremost English language newspaper. The book's success opened up a whole new career for Jack as an author.
Jack Scott's eagerly awaited sequel, Turkey Street, Jack and Liam move to Bodrum was published in 2015. Turkey Street ties up the fraying loose ends to bring Jack and Liam's Anatolian adventure to its surprising finale. To Jack's delight, the book was runner up (LGBT biographies and memoirs) in the Rainbow Book Award 2015.
Jack is now in partnership with Jo Parfitt, the force of nature behind Summertime Publishing and editor extraordinaire, Jane Dean, to launch a brand new publisher, Springtime Books. specifically for expat writers. We're interested in a range of genres but are particularly keen on hearing from writers who have something new to say about travel and expatriate life.