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Turkey: Surviving the Expats

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In 2009, Jack Scott and his civil partner, Liam, sold off the family silver and jumped the good ship Blighty for Muslim Turkey. They parachuted into paradise with eyes firmly shut and hoped for the best. When the blindfolds were removed what they saw wasn’t pretty. They found themselves peering over the rim of a Byzantine bear pit. Bitching and pretension ruled the emigrey ...more
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Published January 18th 2013 by Jack Scott
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Jay Artale
May 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Bite size observations and insights, on a Turkish life well lived.

This aptly named book should be a lesson to all expats who try to integrate themselves in the local community head first without testing the waters first. Turkey, Surviving the Expats centres around Jack and Liam's 6 month forary into the underbelly of expat endevours. Which was very quickly followed by another 6 months of trying to extricate themselves from that very same clique.

If you've often yearned for an expat existence in
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James King
Sep 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to James by: No-one
Jack takes a tongue in cheek, don't take anything too seriously look at the Expat community he encountered in Turkey over a period of about 20 months. This is a really entertaining, fun read written with Jack's inimitable caustic wit in bite sized chunks. His observations and descriptions of the characters give them life on the page. Quote "Nancy is the undisputed chief concubine, his Nell Gwyn to her improbable Charles the Second." Because this book is effectively a diary I find it easy to pick ...more
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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 trendy King’s Road: ‘Days on the tills and nights on the tiles were the best probation for a young gay man abo ...more