"Perking the Pansies was my companion on a long and boring journey and boy did it perk me up! Loved the writing - easy flow and sharp, witty turns of phrase - and the story had me riveted from the start. I enjoyed especially the way in which the author opened up the Turkish culture for us to see in to its morals, mores and quirks. Richly painted and stylishly rendered. My heart went out to these two guys doing battle with the locals and it was cheering to witness their victories, large and small, in a world which they surely knew would be potentially hostile to their gay-ness. How lovely to discover that at times it was precisely those locals who came to their rescue. The exploits of the other expats had me reaching for a tissue to wipe away the laughter tears - being admitted to the inner sanctum of expatland was delicious! How brave and how exciting to have plumped for such an adventure over quiet retirement - don't we all wish we had the gumption to do something bonkers?"