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Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Springtime Books (December 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904881645
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904881643
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,511,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...the book's originality lies more in its honesty about the grubby reality of expat life that conventional travel literature prefers to gloss over." Time Out, Istanbul

"A really excellent book. Funny and insightful and poignant all at once." Rainbow Book Awards

"There is heartlessness and tragedy here but also a generosity of spirit and positivity, along with a dogged determination to see the best in humanity." Polari Magazine

"At turns hilarious, saucy, witty, heart-warming and incredibly moving." Global Living Magazine

"Empathetic, respectful and pretty acute." Huge Pope, Author and Journalist

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Number One (in category) on Amazon UK and Canada, winner of a Rainbow Award in two categories and Polari First Book Prize top ten.

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By the way, my husband wants to read it too - he loved the laughter as I was reading and I think he will enjoy it as well.
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His descriptions strip away all the pretentions and leave the characters exposed for who they really are instead of who they pretend to be.
D. Black
And it is in this spirit that I feel Jack Scott has written his new book, Perking the Pansies: Jack and Liam Move to Turkey.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Roving Jay on December 16, 2011
Format: Paperback
Jack pens a personal memoir of a journey into the unknown with the one he loves. We follow him as he moves from cosmopolitan London to Ignorati-laden Turkey, with his civil partner - Liam.

I'm a frequent visitor to his Blog "Perking the Pansies" Perking the Pansies, the Blog, and love to get my daily dose of Pansy-narrative about the trails and tribulations of Jacks expat life in Turkey. Even though he posts every day - it's never enough -- and it's great he's written his first book, so we can absorb ourselves in his adventure.

Perking the Pansies, isn't just Jack's blog on steroids. Yes there's the familiarity of Jack-the-Blog peppered in this tome, but he takes us on a effortless journey of one well written chapter after another. Jack delivers a well thought out, well developed literary expedition, that left me glowing with admiration at his transition from random blogger to eloquent author. I can't heap any more praise on Jack and Perking the Pansies, without gushing.

His book takes us on a journey, ladened with wit and comical interactions. But don't be misled that this is a lighthearted aventure into expat land. There's a darker and less appealing side of Turkey that Jack exposes us to, which makes us realize that no matter how much we covert his expat existence, no destination is a nirvana.

Life is bitter sweet, and Jack manages to deliver a balanced combination of both in Perking the Pansies.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By lindaajanssen on December 16, 2011
Format: Paperback
Who would enjoy this book? Everyone except the easily scandilized, bigoted or hard of heart. Many may dream of leaving the rat race behind for a new life in an exotic locale, but it is the rare few that actually follow through. Committed gay couple Jack and Liam choose breathtakingly beautiful Muslim Turkey in which to make their fantasy life of leisure come true. You know that they will face significant challenges and obstacles, and that you are in for an exciting ride. At turns 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, deftly weaving images and accurately capturing the idiosyncrasies and foibles of this all too human lot. In doing so, he pulls back the curtain on prejudice and acceptance, the underlying thrills, frustrations and challenges that come with living in a different culture, and the conflicting emotions that tug at expatriates enjoying life far from family members and cherished friends. In the end, Jack proves that it is the relationships we surround ourselves with that matter most.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By texkourgan on December 17, 2011
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As an expat, you feel a kinship with anyone struggling with the difficulties of adjusting to expat life. Reading Perking the Pansies goes beyond this. You feel an instant affection for Jack and Liam, their families, and the rag tag group of Emigreys, VOMITS, Semigreys, and the lot.

Jack explores the "extraordinary expat bubble", where things that were true in your past life are no longer reality. But as I read about life in Turkey beautifully interwoven with their stories of visiting Old Blighty, I couldn't tell the difference between real and expat as both were extraordinary. Aging parents, nightmare neighbors, gay weddings, lost lovers, and lots of wine...sounds like Life to me.

This book is more a "how-not-to-do" that a "how to" in moving abroad, but it doesn't really matter as everything works out in the end. However, I guess I shouldn't say the end. I can't wait to hear what happens next.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Black on February 7, 2014
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I would like to buy Jack a drink or five. The first few pages of “Perking the Pansies” introduce people you really have to know and a story you can’t help caring about. It is funny and real and ultimately meaningful.

The book is hysterical but be warned the quick slashes of irreverent, tongue-in-cheek language will have you spitting wine out your nose and choking on your hors d'oeuvres. Take appropriate precautions.

It is naked humor that creates realism. Jack doesn’t spare the truth. His descriptions strip away all the pretentions and leave the characters exposed for who they really are instead of who they pretend to be. It is uncomfortable and yet there is no hate or cruelty. Jack is not mean. It is uncomfortable because the truth often is.

Jack does not protect himself from himself as he narrates the book. The book gives an intimate look at his life and thoughts. The little details like Jack standing in the mirror making a face lift with his fingers are true-to-life and relatable. It is raw honesty and it makes him a real person. I found myself alternately rooting for Jack and Liam and fearing their naïveté. They became friends and I was invested in their success.

The message is inspiring. Jack and Liam’s journey teaches us that happiness matters but it isn’t always easy. Courage is required. Fear cannot be allowed to gorvern. Waiting for everything to be safe is not the answer. Change will only come from everyday people brave enough to live everyday lives.

“Perking the Pansies” is a great book. It will make you laugh. It will make you think. It will require self-reflection. It will stay with you. You will be glad you read it.
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Jack Scott was born on a British army base in Canterbury, England in 1960 and spent part of his childhood in Malaysia as a 'forces brat'. A fondness for men in uniforms quickly developed. At the age of eighteen and determined to dodge further education, Jack became a shop boy on Chelsea's trendy King's Road: 'Days on the tills and nights on the tiles were the best probation for a young gay man about town.' After two carefree years, Jack swapped sales for security and got a sensible job in local government with a pension attached. By his late forties, passionately dissatisfied with suburban life and middle management, he and his Civil Partner Liam abandoned the sanctuary of liberal London for an uncertain future in Turkey.

In 2010, Jack started an irreverent narrative about his new life and Perking the Pansies, the blog which quickly became one of the most popular English language blogs in Turkey. Within a year, Jack had been featured in the Turkish National Press, had published numerous essays and articles in expat and travel magazines and contributed to the Huffington Post Union of Bloggers. As the blog developed a head of steam, a growing worldwide audience clamoured for a book. Jack duly obliged and his hilarious (well, he thinks so) memoir, Perking the Pansies hit the streets at Christmas 2011.

The book became a critically acclaimed, award winning best seller and its success has opened out a whole new career for Jack as an author. Jack and Liam decided to end their Anatolian adventure and paddle back to Britain on the evening tide. They currently live in Norwich, a beautiful cathedral city in eastern England. Jack's now on a Turkey roll. He's just released his second title, Turkey, the Raw Guide and is working on his third, Turkey, Surviving the Expats.

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