Perking the Pansies - Jack and Liam Move to Turkey

Travel, Biographies & Memoirs

By Jack Scott

Publisher : Summertime Publishing

ABOUT Jack Scott

Jack Scott
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 More...



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,

Jack Scott became an accidental writer. When he and his partner, Liam, jumped the good ship Blighty and waded ashore to Turkey, they had planned to put their feet up and watch the pansies grow. But so much happened around them that Jack was compelled to write it all down. First came the blog, then came book, next comes the sequel.

Empathetic, respectful and pretty acute. Hugh Pope. Author and Journalist.

Jack Scott is something of a miracle worker in that he's persuaded a non-Turkish publisher that there's a market for a story about life abroad that's neither Tuscany nor Provence. Time Out, Istanbul.

An entertaining story, told with wit and insight. Paul Burston, Author.

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