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I was recently asked what inspired me to write my book and to sum up in one sentence what Perking the Pansies is all about. This got me thinking. It’s been so hectic since the book was first drafted that I’d almost forgotten how unambitious my original intentions had been. The blog actually began life as a monthly email commentary of our experiences in our foster land and the extraordinary people we encountered along the way. I called my dispatches ‘witterings’ and shared them with my wish-you-were-here’s in the UK.As the witterings grew, a blog was born and, as the months trickled by, a book started to form in my mind. It really was that simple. More...
The world famous Foyles Bookshop along London’s Charing Cross Road are offering 15% off Perking the Pansies if you reserve online and pick up in-store. So, while you in the West End looking for summer bargains for your holiday, why not pick up a copy for only £8.49 as well? If you can''t make it into town, you can order online for the full price of £9.99 with free delivery to any address in the UK.
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"A funny, perceptive take on Turkey. You'll enjoy this book even if you have never set foot in the country. If you have, get set for several hours of joy. My only complaint is that the sequel isn't out yet and I'm wanting more of Jack Scott's astute observations." BacktoBodrum
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"It’s vulnerable, hilarious, insightful and made me feel at home to an extend where I felt I was on a holiday in Turkey staying with Jack and Liam.Even the goodbye at the end of the book was tearful, for I could have read another volume of their adventures and stay on longer. A unique book." Goodreads Review
"Perking the Pansies (pun fully intended) is chock full of odd characters and odder situations. Jack Scott has a way with words, deftly weaving images and accurately capturing the idiosyncrasies and foibles of this all too human lot. In doing so, he pulls back the curtain on prejudice and acceptance, the underlying thrills, frustrations and challenges that come with living in a different culture, and the conflicting emotions that tug at expatriates enjoying life far from family members and cherished friends. In the end, Jack proves that it is the relationships we surround ourselves with that matter most. All in all, a terrific read." Goodreads Review
"Jack’s story is extremely funny and eye opening and is extremely well written. If you dream of leaving behind the rat race and the pressures of the society in which you live in favor of finding your own haven of tranquility, then this book provides a great overview of some of the difficulties you may encounter and the benefits you will reap." Expat Info Desk
I was listening to a debate on BBC Radio from the sunny sanctuary of my Bodrum balcony. It was about immigration, something of a national obsession in Britain, particularly now that the recession has started to really hurt. Some of the comments were intelligent and thoughtful, others were plain stupid. It made me think. How is it that, in general, relatively rich people from the West who move abroad are described as ‘expats’ whereas relatively poorer people settling in the West are classed as ‘immigrants’? Perhaps this is because ‘immigrant’ is a dirty word these days, laced with nasty undertones of freeloading and coloured by thinly veiled racism. More...