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, chuck in the towel and move to a small town in Turkey. Join the culture-curious gay couple on their bumpy rite of passage. Meet the oddballs, VOMITs, vetpats, emigreys, semigreys, randy waiters and middle England miseries. When prejudice 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, flee to laissez-faire Bodrum and fall under the spell of 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 murder. Suburban life was never this eventful. You couldn't make it up.
A bitter-sweet tragi-comedy recalling the first year of a British gay couple living in a Muslim land.
Empathetic, respectful and pretty acute.
Hugh Pope, Turkish Daily News
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, heart-warming and incredibly moving.
Linda A Janssen on Global Living Magazine