Price’s Price is set in a time and place – Hong Kong in the 1960s to 80s – where mental health issues were more often dismissed than discussed. The main character, Stanley Price, is a narcissist; secondary characters are pathological liars and nearly all confront some form of alcohol abuse. Although the main character narrates his story in a tone that he intends to be light-hearted, he not only spirals down but pulls others with him. Described by one reviewer as “a love letter to Hong Kong, albeit an unusual one,” you can make your own minds up!
Chris Maden has always have been a voracious reader. He’s gone through numerous phases – Sci Fi, Fantasy, Crime Novels, experimental YA, and commercial and literary fiction. He also enjoys biographies, history and philosophy, and writing about writing. His favorite poets are Ezra Pound and W.B. Yeats. His favorite pass-time is annoying his neighbors by playing his guitar. Any resemblance between him and the protagonist of this book is purely in your head.
His books are available in Bookazine, Vibe and Kidnapped, as well as on Amazon and Goodreads. He was chairman of the Hong Kong Writers’ Circle from 2016 to 2022 and a contributor to the Circle’s anthologies, including After the Storm. He is sometimes asked to review books for the Hong Kong Review of Books. The Hong Kong Free Press publishes some of his rants! His latest rave review was published in Hong Kong Buzz!
Chris is a guest on series 2 of our Mental Ideas Podcast.