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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

'Empathetic, respectful and pretty acute.' Hugh Pope, journalist and author. 'The book's originality lies more in it's honesty about the grubby reality of expat life that conventional travel literature prefers to gloss over.' Pat Yale, Time Out, Istanbul. 'At turns, hilarious, saucy, witty, heartwarming and incredibly moving.' Global Living Magazine. 'Funny and insightful and poignant all at once.' Rainbow Book Awards.

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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 (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,562,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This was such a fun read. Haven't we all imagined ourselves chucking the known now for the unknown future - but Jack and Liam actually did it! Their story is heartfelt, funny and (thankfully) catty and honest.

Exotic and beautiful as Turkey is, it is definitely not London (or at least not English) and one cannot help but admire the spirit that prompted Jack and Liam to make the jump. As a frequent visitor to Turkey I could add some hilarious moments - not wanting to take advantage of my host's hospitality, I attempted to do a load of laundry in machines with dials entirely in Turkish. This prompted a near strike of the household help: "Your friend thinks we are not good enough to do her washing!" This, of course, prompted me to pass clothing that had never been worn to be laundered and to bow and scrape and give lire for a job well done.

Kudos to Jack and Liam - You nailed it! Loved it
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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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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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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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