I'm astounded and a little humbled. My little gay book has hit the Amazon top spot for the fourth time. I've also replenished the stock of Perking the Pansies at both Foyles (all of which I have personally signed) and Prowler in Soho. So, someone's buying the bleedin' thing. As the wonderful Julian Clary famously says 'I thank you'.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. This is the first time I have read any of this author's work and I love his writing style. The narrative flowed really well making it easy to read and I was completely engaged throughout. This is the kind of book you could pick up over and over again if you need a good cheering up. Kindle Book Review on Amazon
Dedicated Pansyfan, Alan, has decided to take Perking the Pansies on its first European tour. Watch out La Belle France and the Fatherland, the pansies are coming.
I seem to be giving away a lot of books at the moment. All part of the PR strategy, my publisher assures me. It’ll pay dividends in the end, I’m told. We shall see! Congratulations to Caroline Jones and Angela Gray, the winners of the Goodreads giveaway. Hopefully, you should now have your hands on a copy and, hopefully, if you’ll like what you read, you'll be kind enough to add a positive review.
I had a tipple or three with the winners of the book giveaway competition that I ran in March. Congratulations to Niki Fowler and Paul Hard, the worthy winners of signed copies of the book. I had intended to post copies but Niki and Paul had bolder ideas. They had a pansy summit in mind, a liquid convention on our home turf. The dastardly plot was hatched and the conference commenced. We made a jolly bunch. Four hours in the making, it was a memorable and fun-filled finale to an epoch of epic proportions. Next stop Norwich.
Congratulations to Mick Sutton. He's the lucky winner of the competition run by british expat to win a Kindle version of Perking the Pansies. Liam and I put the entries into a bowl and Mick's name was pulled out at random. We were particularly taken by Mick's explanation for wanting a copy. He wrote:
"I would like a copy of the book in kindle version because although I am not gay, I am willing to help out if they are short handed."
Jack Scott has written hands down one the best, most worthwhile books penned by an expat in Turkey. I've devoured libraries full of books on Turkish politics history written by foreign journalists, stories of brave women venturing out into the unknown, but nothing had me as captivated as much as Jack's tale as 1/2 of a gay couple who moved from damp, familiar, reliable Britain to the sunny, unknown, sometimes chaotic waters of Bodrum.
Early retirement was never meant to be like this.
A bitter-sweet tragi-comedy that recalls the first year of a British gay couple living in a Muslim land
Best of Perking the Pansies, the Blog from the Turkey years.