I love Turkey, for all its flaws. I read Jack Scott's first book and it stood out from all the other books about Turkey. If anything this one is even better. Very funny and in places moving without going over the top. Many people struggle a bit leaving family behind, I thought the Liam story was very realistic and well written and I loved Beril. I hope there will be a third book.
Before returning back to old Blighty, Jack and his husband Liam lived an expat life on the Bodrum Peninsula. I become an avid follower of Jack’s popular blog “Perking the Pansies” where he chronicled his observations and experiences of their new Turkish lifestyle. (Now I’m a fan to his reflections and observations about their new life in Norwich – of special interest to me, because I’m a Norfolk Broad!).
To the banging of pots and pans by disapproving housewives hanging out of kitchen windows, riot police dispersed the Gezi Park occupation with water cannons and rampaged through the surrounding streets, tear-gassing everything that moved. If there was a single image more eloquent than a thousand headlines or a million tweets, it was the picture of a young woman in a red dress, armed only with her handbag, being tear-gassed at close quarters by a policeman in full riot gear. All of a sudden, the Justice and Development Party’s economic miracle appeared to deliver precious little justice and way too much development. Erdoğan’s time will pass. In the final analysis, Turkey is much more than his crude sound bites and so much more than lazy Western clichés. Turkey is changing.
Extract from Turkey Street, Jack and Liam move to Bodrum.
Blimey, Turkey Street has made it to Number One (Gay and Lesbian Travel) on Amazon Canadian. Thank you my Canuck friends!
Jack has a cutting wit that makes you titter and suck your breath in between your teeth in how-are-you-getting-away-with-that style. It runs through his writing… and also flows from his mouth as he quips back at some the characters in the story.
Julia Power, Turkey's for Life
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.