Perking the Pansies, Jack and Liam move to Turkey has been nominated for a Rainbow Book Award in the non-fiction category.
I’m always chuffed to hear from people I don’t know who take the trouble to tell me how much they enjoyed reading Perking the Pansies. It’s even better when I hear about what readers have been saying to each other. The fab fun in the sun people behind the phenomenally successful Turkey’s for Life website (I’m cabbage-faced about their numbers) told me about someone who couldn’t find the link to my book because she’d been searching for Picking the Poppies. They provided the link, she bought the book and then she wrote:
"His writing is great. I bought it for my Kindle last night and can’t put it down. Great book, very funny. Anyone who has made the same move to Turkey will really understand. Well worth the purchase so everybody out there buy it, get yourself a nice bottle of wine sit in your garden or balcony and prepare to let dinner burn. Lol. Well done Jack. Bring on the next one xx"
So, to Angela, whoever you are and wherever you may be. Thank you for the giggle and for the compliment. You sound like my kind of girl (in a platonic kind of way, obviously).
You might imagine that a memoir about a gay couple moving to Turkey might have limited appeal. Perking the Pansies is about Liam and I adjusting to expat life in a Muslim land, with a large pinch of camp humour thrown in the mix and a side of extra ‘bite’ for extra tension. More...
Jack Scott writes so descriptively, making each character jump out of the page. Each paragraph thumps with emotional highs and lows making this funny, sad, bittersweet, frustrating and funny again all within one sentence.
"I've lived in turkey for nearly 10 years now, and loved reading about his experiences and life here. This is an excellent book for anyone who's ever wondered what it's like to make an almost blind leap of faith moving abroad, or anyone who fancies a really great read. Thoroughly wonderful, and I couldn't put it down, even with two little sons to entertain. Recommend recommend recommend." Victoria Sayar
"As an expat, you feel a kinship with anyone struggling with the difficulties of adjusting to expat life. Reading Perking the Pansies goes beyond this. You feel an instant affection for Jack and Liam, their families, and the rag tag group of Emigreys, VOMITS, Semigreys, and the lot." Texkourgan
"Not what I expected (at all). Fast, funny and clever. This will rattle some cages. There's some brilliant writing and the Jack and Liam thing works brilliantly; if this is them in real life I'd like to meet them. Could be a flim, it's that good. Suspect this isn't his first book, even though his blog says it is." Amazon Reviews
Perking the Pansies, Jack and Liam move to Turkey has reached number two on the Goodreads Listopia category of LGBT Humor. I'm above David Sedaris. Crikey!
On the northwest side of the Bodrum Peninsula, pretty Yalıkavak centres on a harbourful of gülets but also boasts several inviting getaway-from-it-all boutique hotels up on the hillside. It served as the setting for Jack Scott's 2012 travel memoir Perking the Pansies which dished the dirt on goings-on in the expat community.
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Best of Perking the Pansies, the Blog from the Turkey years.