Buy Perking the Pansies on localbookshops.co.uk and help your local independent bookstore.
Safely ensconsed back in the UK, I enjoy reading about other people's experiences of post-colonial life in places where most ex-pats still behave like old colonials. PERKING THE PANSIES is a delicious addition to the tradition which, for me, began with Gerald Durrell.
I wish my all my readers, believers and non-believers alike, a peaceful season of goodwill. Whatever Christmas means to you, be happy and enjoy. 2013 will be an eventful year, I can feel it in my water. Or maybe it’s just a urinary infection. Joyeux Noël as our French cousins say.
Going Local in Gran Canaria is the definitive guide for visitors and expats alike, covering all aspects of life in this semi-tropical Atlantic semi-paradise. The book is packed to the rafters with well-researched facts and fun, sites and scenes, eats and treats, must-dos and don't-dos, both on and off the well-beaten track. The entire package is delivered in a witty and erudite style from someone in the know, as is to be expected from a seasoned journalist of Matthew Hirtes' calibre. Amusing anecdotes weave through the book. I particularly like the notion that nasty General Franco exiled gay soldiers to the island which may explain Gran Canaria's perennial appeal to the gay community. I've been a regular visitor for over 25 years so maybe there's some truth in this fanciful tale. Whether dipping in for a hint or two or reading cover-to-cover, this book should be in everyone's Canarian suitcase.
My third gig at Norwich’s award-winning community radio station, Future Radio, was to record ‘My Pride Life,’ a kind of Desert Island Discs with a pink twist. Radio star, Di Cunningham, sat me down with a cattle prod in one hand and a microphone in the other and told me to get on with it. I’m really pleased with the broadcast which is almost entirely due to Di’s clever slicing and splicing to edit out most of my stuttering and spluttering. So folks, I give you My Pride Life.
Turkey, the Raw Guide has reached number One in La Belle France. Merci beaucoup or çok teşekkür ederim (as they say in Turkey).
The fabulous people at Norwich's Future Radio asked me to pop in and talk about my latest book on the Pride Live programme. I'm becoming quite a regular on the show and they very generously allow me to plug my work shamelessly. You can hear me reading from the book here ...
When Jack Scott and his Civil Partner, Liam, moved to Turkey nothing could prepare them for what was to come – heatstroke, frostbite, biblical floods, Byzantine red tape, lazy censorship, blackouts, bugs from Hell, rancid drains, lunatic drivers, dirty politics, spring-loaded waiters, jaw-dropping sunsets, kindness, generosity and acceptance.
Pick up your e-copy of Turkey the Raw Guide on Smashwords.
Have you ever wondered what it’s really like to pitch your tent in a foreign field, particularly a Muslim one? Guidebooks and travelogues only go so far and, these days, many of them offer second hand accounts. To get a genuine insider’s feel, you need to ask someone who’s been there, done that and bought the fake designer tee-shirts.