Expat Life In Turkey – Have You Read Perking The Pansies Yet?

There are a few of us Turkey bloggers around these days and one that we’ve followed for some time has taken it upon himself to write a book. It’s often said that we’ve all got a book in us and well, if that’s true, not all of us are going to actually sit down to organise our thoughts into a cohesive, entertaining script that people actually want to read. So on that note, hats off to Jack Scott of blog, Perking The Pansies for doing just that and getting the book published so that we can all enjoy it.

When my dad came over to Turkey at New Year, he didn’t come empty handed (dads are good like that!) and one of the presents he brought for us was a Kindle. Finding time to read these days is a difficult task, but, recently, we decided it was high time we put the Kindle into action by purchasing our first book for it. What to buy? Well, there was no decision to be made. It seemed only natural that Perking The Pansies – Jack and Liam Move To Turkey christen our new gadget.

Perking The Pansies – Jack and Liam Move to Turkey

Tomorrow, we hit the road to head up to Istanbul before flying to Italy and the thinking was to read Perking The Pansies en route. Well, that’s gone by the wayside – at least on my part – because I sat down just to read the introduction…and carried on reading. Within three days, I’d raced through the whole thing and was sorry when I came to the end.

Bodrum - Perking The Pansies Land

Not-so-sleepy Bodrum – Jack and Liam’s town of choice

In Perking The Pansies, author Jack Scott takes us through the crazy first year of his and husband Liam’s life in Bodrum, Southwest Turkey. Throughout the book I was tittering, teary-eyed with sadness, nodding knowingly and saying, “I hear you, I hear you,” to myself – and I’ll even admit to a bit of sniggering, too. It’s a lot of mixed emotion to go through over the process of reading a few pages and that’s what makes the book such a good read. I was also learning. Settling into, and trying to make sense of a new life abroad is challenge enough and, while I related to much of Jack and Liam’s experience, the fact that they are a married, gay couple adds a whole different perspective to the already crazy mix.

I’m not going to go into particulars about the book in this review – you can enjoy those for yourself – but I will say that Perking The Pansies is definitely worth a few quid of your cash and worth the time you’ll put into reading it. And, as I was reading the book, I couldn’t help but think the characters, events, drama, comedy, sadness – they’re all just shouting out to become Perking The Pansies, the TV series. As Jack himself is quoted as saying, “Suburban life in London was never this eventful. Our first year in Turkey was like living in Midsomer without the murders.” Except there is a murder – but you’ll have to read the book to find out more…

Perking The Pansies – Jack and Liam Move to Turkey is available from Amazon in both Kindle and paperback versions.

Update May 2015 – There’s now a sequel! Read our review of Turkey Street by Jack Scott.

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Comments

  1. Sounds like a lovely summer read!

  2. Blimey. What a wonderful review. Thank you so much. I’m so pleased you enjoyed it.

  3. found there blog via you about a month ago only to learn they were leaving. i was gutted cause i was enjoying it straight away. you, them and back to bodrum, my top 3 turkey blogs to read. glad they have a book, you definitely are making me want to read it.

  4. oops, typo. i meant ‘their’. can’t spell when gushing!

  5. I had secret hopes of toddling off to Bodrum and meet Jack and buy me a signed copy of Perking the Pansies, but it was not to be, so now I will buy it online.

    I’m sure I’ll enjoy it now that I have seen a bit of Turkey!

  6. Lovely post, many thanks for sharing, would love to get a copy.
    By the way, just nominated the Sunshine Award to you, if you’d like to check out http://ozlemsturkishtable.com/2012/04/spice-up-your-dinners-easy-delicious-healthy-dishes-for-entertaining/

  7. @ Belinda: It’ll make a great summer read. Perfect for the beach. 🙂

    @ Jack Scott: Loved it and we haven’t spoken to anyone who hasn’t enjoyed it. 🙂

  8. @ Cally: Jack’s going to continue writing his blog after they leave Bodrum. Hope you get the book – it’s a great read. 🙂

    @ Miss Footloose: Now, if there was a book I think you’d like, being the serial expat that you are… A shame you couldn’t hop to Bodrum to meet them for your signed copy. 🙂

  9. @ Özlem’s Turkish Table: Thanks and hop you manage to get a copy of the book. 🙂

  10. Haven´t read the book yet but have recently discovered Jack´s blog. It´s been great to see Perking the Pansies do so well, very inspiring.

  11. Like you, I read Jack’s book via Kindle in just a few days. It’s hilarious throughout, and I really enjoyed it. I can only imagine some of the VOMITs and Bodrum Belles that he met over the years.

    I highly recommend it as well – a good read about expat life in Turkey from Jack’s perspective.

  12. @ Robin: Well, if you know the blog, you’ll know Perking The Pansies the book is going to be a good read. 🙂 Bet you’ve got a book in you…?

    @ Joy: Difficult to put down isn’t it? Loved all the nicknames for the different category of expat. Not sure where we’d fit in… 😉

  13. This sounds like a great book. I enjoyed visiting Turkey, but I bet this is an eye opening view of every day life. Thanks for sharing it.

  14. We are all hoping for a film. Who do you think should play Jack and Liam?

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