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Turkey with Stuff in: A Scrumptious Tale of Adventure and Just Deserts Paperback – 6 Aug 2013
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About the Author
Kym was born in London’s East End & was raised by her Grandparents until the age of 13. After that her life became a series of disasters. A dalliance with a Persian Playboy resulted in a son and eventually, by sheer will, she clawed her way up the corporate ladder in high heels & plenty of lippy, carving a career & a decent life for them both.
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I'm very hard to please with books, and I tend to give up very quickly if the first chapter doesn't pull me in. But this author captured my interest from the very first paragraph, and I was hooked immediately. She writes in a very descriptive fashion, so much so, that you almost feel you're with her on her journeys.....seeing the same things, and smelling the same scents.
She is refreshingly honest - it's rather like listening to a friend telling you about their adventures abroad - and she has this incredible talent in making you feel she is talking to you alone. She tells you lots of lovely juicy titbits that all women like to gossip about, well, I do! And she isn't shy in speaking her mind. She's also very funny in parts, and when she described her 'weird little curtsy' in a restaurant I was in stitches - I could visualise it to a tee!
She is witty and funny without being patronising, and describes with great candour how real life is like in small Turish villages that the average holidaymaker never gets to see.
I am so pleased I bought this book, and was reluctant to finish it as I didn't want it to end.
I have searched Amazon for more books from her, but as nothing has come up I'm guessing this must be her first book - which makes it even more remarkable. I shall be looking out eagerly for more of her books, as she sure knows how to write a story that encaptures you and holds your interest.
Kym Ciftci - definitely one to watch!
I was truly shocked at the treatment Kim received at the hands of our NHS and private medicine too. She was in pain for years before they even agreed that something was wrong and an operation was needed. Kim was so happy that something was being done but mistakes were made during the operation causing her even more pain which was not believed by the nursing staff. Eventually after much pleading by Kym this was looked into and the discovery made that her bladder had been nicked and she was bleeding internally. No apology was ever given for the blunder but this was the catalyst that made her want to change her life.
Kim wanted a whitewashed cottage on a beach somewhere hot and looking online she found it in Turkey.
A holiday to see the cottage with her teenage son sealed the deal,she loved it and so moved lock,stock and barrel to Turkey.
The whitewashed cottage was great during the summer months but not practical for winter so Kim moved to Altinkum with more facilities and people around her.
I really enjoyed this memoir. I did think Kim was a bit mad (and I told her) when she went travelling to different towns with her new boss, staying in dingy apartments and wondering if she would get out alive. I found myself shouting at her to get out,instead she kept her clothes on at night and didn't leave the room to go to the loo she was so scared.
Kim eventually finds true love with a Kurdish man, Murat and goes to meet his family who live in a remote village.
I thought she was so brave fitting in so well and trying not to show how she felt about all the strange customs including sleeping on the floor,women in one room, men in another. Witch Doctors, weddings with guns,unusual food and a whole new language well actually two,Turkish and Kurdish. Murat's close family and extended family were so welcoming to a British women and the love they all had for each other just shone.
There are many parts of this book where I found the writing to be just beautiful,Kim has a lovely way with words. The Epilogue had me in tears.
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