Stanley Price is an army officer who never wanted to come to Hong Kong, but who can never quite leave. He falls for a lady but hasn’t means to support her; he moves from the army to government yet the high life remains beyond his reach; he starts a business only to get sucked into one dicey deal after another. A chance for escape arrives in an unlikely guise – or is it further entrapment? The novel starts in the 1960s and follows Hong Kong’s transformation from an agrarian to an industrial society, from an indigenous to a refugee population and from a colonial backwater to a household name in the world. Just as Stanley has to respond and adjust – sometimes even for the better – to fast-changing social mores, so too does Hong Kong. Author Chris Maden arrived in Hong Kong at the end of the 1980s, when Hong Kong started to reinvent itself as a services hub. In this launch, Chris talks with Cameron Dueck and explains his inspiration for the novel, his motivation in writing it, and why it has taken a quarter of a century to get from his first draft to the published work.
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Chris Maden is the author of Price’s Price, a light-hearted romp set in colonial Hong Kong.
Cameron Dueck uses adventure travel to tell stories about fringe societies.