Turkey Street, Jack and Liam move to Bodrum
Early retirement was never meant to be like this!
I was born on a British army base in Canterbury, England in 1960 and spent part of my 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, I 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,I swapped sales for security and got a proper job with a pension attached. By my late forties, passionately dissatisfied with suburban life and middle management, my Civil Partner, Liam, and I abandoned the sanctuary of liberal London for an uncertain future in Turkey. In 2010, I started an irreverent narrative about our new life and Perking the Pansies became one of the most popular English language blogs in Turkey. Within a year, I had been featured in the Turkish national press, 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.I duly obliged and the hilarious (well, I thought so) memoir, Perking the Pansies, Jack and Liam move to Turkey hit the streets at Christmas 2011. The book became a critically acclaimed, award winning best seller and its success has opened up a whole new career for me as an author. Liam and I decided to end our Anatolian affair and paddle back to Britain on the evening tide. We currently live in Norwich, a surprising cathedral city in eastern England. I haven't rested on my laurels. The sequel to Perking the Pansies, Turkey Street, Jack and Liam move to Bodrum was published in May 2015. Turkey Street ties up the fraying loose ends to bring our Anatolian adventure to its surprising finale.