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Colin Guest

Colin medium sizeColin Guest, a 75-yr-old Englishman’s first book was “An Expats Experiences of Living in Turkey,” published through Amazon. His second, “Follow in the Tigerman’s Footsteps,” published by Partridge Publishing Singapore, is a memoir. It gets its name from Colin’s love of Tigers, and covers 19 years of his working as an expat in 15 countries spread through the Middle, Far East & North Africa. During this time he lived the kind of life most only dream about. Apart from his two books, he also had an article published in his home town in England, and carried out a one hour podcast, with a video recording of one chapter of his memoir read on Novels Wild Festival. He also had an article published in ExpatNetwork, a UK expat magazine, with over fourteen of his articles published in online magazines. These include, Escape Artist, Escape from America, ExpatNetwork, Expats Focus, Global living and Oval Publishing.

Colin’s working life started with a five-year apprenticeship as a joiner/shopfitter in Plymouth, Devon, England. This led to an early start in travelling. Firstly around England on numerous projects, before working on two projects abroad. While working back in England, due to a back injury, he and his wife were put in serious finacial difficulties. As a result, after deciding to work as an expat, Colin never looked back.

Apart from his writing, Colin worked as a volunteer at three wildlife rescue/rehabilitation centers, two in South Africa, and one in Thailand. This, for animal lovers, he recommends as an alternative to a normal holiday.

After living in Turkey for over twenty years, since the death of his wife, he later married a Turkish lady. They now enjoy a happy second life in Istanbul, Turkey.

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Follow in the Tigerman’s Footsteps: The Adventurous Life of an Expat (Travel, Memoir)

9781482854435_COVER_FQA.inddBy reading this book, you will discover there is more to life than a boring nine-to-five job. I found this out after losing my job in 1983 due to a back injury, which resulted in my becoming an expat. I earned more money than I did in England and travelled to a variety of countries at no expense to myself. In the course of nineteen years, I worked on interior fit-out contracts to a number of five-star hotels and several palaces. During this incredible period in my life, I experienced more of life than many do in a lifetime. By working with workers from another country than my own, it made me realise that not everyone was as lucky as me. Another major turning point in my life occurred when on a contract down on the Turkish Mediterranean coast. There, my late wife and I enjoyed life so much we had a house built. This proved a great decision. After twenty-five years, I still live in Turkey, only now married to a Turkish lady and living in Istanbul. In general, I lived life to the full, and by being positive, so can you.


An Expat’s Experiences of Living in Turkey (Travel, Memoir)

expatAn Expat’s Experiences of Living in Turkey, covers my life from when first offered a contract to work here back in 1988 up until 2015. Although I had worked on contracts in a number of countries, none had been married status. However, as the contract in Turkey was, my wife came out to join me. Her doing so proved a life changing one for us, as it led to our enjoying a life that for many is but a dream. Although Turkey is a Muslim country, with a culture far different than England, we soon found it easy to settle in. At the time of our arrival in what at that time was the small village of Kemer, down on the Mediterranean Coast, we only found two speaking English. This proved not a problem, with our making friends with several Turkish people who unlike me, quickly learnt another language so we were able to converse with them.. It was amazing experience living in such a beautiful location, with our finding Turkish people to be extremely friendly and helpful.Due to this and a far better climate, (over three hundred sunny days per year) it led to our deciding to uproot ourselves from England and move to live in Turkey. We bought some land and had a house built just outside of Kemer. From then on, our whole life style was far more relaxing and healthier than when living in England. The years spent living here have proved to be full of all sorts of incredible incidents, which I think readers will enjoy reading about. Apart from explaining about my life here, the book offers advice on a variety of issues, which I think beneficial to others both living and thinking of living here. The idea of living abroad from one’s home country, although challenging, is something well worth considering. If doing so, always remember and be prepared at finding that things are not always the same as in your own country. As for myself, moving to Turkey is something I have never regretted, with my enjoying a good lifestyle. Since the death of my late wife, at the age of 72, I remarried a wonderful Turkish lady, two years younger than I. We our now enjoying a second incredible happy life here in Turkey.