Perking the Pansies: Jack and Liam move to Turkey
Just imagine the absurdity of two openly gay, recently ‘married’ middle-aged, middle-class men escaping the liberal sanctuary of anonymous London to relocate to a Muslim country.
Jack and Liam, fed up with kiss-my-arse bosses and nose-to-nipple commutes, quit their jobs and move to a small town in Turkey. Join the culture-curious gay couple on their bumpy rite of passage in a Muslim country. Meet the oddballs, VOMITs, vetpats, emigreys, semigreys, debauched waiters and middle England miseries.
When bigotry and ignorance emerge from the crude underbelly of Turkey’s expat life, Jack and Liam waver. Determined to stay the course, the happy hedonistas hitch up their skirts, move to the heart of liberal Bodrum and fall in love with their intoxicating foster land. Enter Jack’s irreverent world for a right royal dose of misery and joy, bigotry and enlightenment, betrayal and loyalty, friendship, love, earthquakes, birth, adoption and a senseless murder. Perking the Pansies will make you laugh out loud one minute and sob into your crumpled tissue the next.
“Scott pulls no punches. A good read and hopefully the first of many by new boy on the block.”
– Jane Akatay, journalist
“An insightful tale of life abroad – with a twist – from the pen of a serial people watcher. Expat Jack lays his characters bare along with his heart and soul.”
– Kym Ciftci, On the Ege Magazine
“Jack and Liam bring a certain je ne sais quoi to the souks and heap a plate of dry British wit to their Ottoman misadventures.”
– Charles Ayres, author, Impossibly Glamorous
“… hilarious, saucy, witty, heartwarming and incredibly moving, Perking the Pansies is chock full of odd characters and odder situations. Jack Scott has a way with words and proves that it is the relationships we surround ourselves with that matter most.”
– Linda A Janssens, Writer and Co-Author, Turning Points, Adventuresinexpatland.com
“… Jack Scott has penned a memoir of which to be proud. Exquisitely written, utterly candid, beautifully descriptive and observant, this is a balanced narrative that features belly-laugh humour and poignancy in satisfying juxtaposition.”
– Deborah Fletcher, author of Bitten by Spain
“An entertaining story, told with wit and insight.”
– Paul Burston, author of The Gay Divorcee
“Jack Scott not only pulls aside the thin veil on the doings of expatriates who have chosen to settle there, but classifies them into his punning subgroups of emigreys, vetpats and so on, not for a moment ignoring the fact that he and his partner Liam are the rarest birds of all, deciding to live as a married couple in a Muslim country, even lightly so as Turkey is.”
– Chris Drum-Berkaya, journalist