Glimpses Of Snow Country: Travels in Japan (Coming soon)
“Japan is no longer remote for the more adventurous Western traveller, but few have had the opportunity to live among the Japanese and understand their everyday lifestyle and their distinct ‘Japaneseness’ as has David Clive Price.
For him Japanese domestic patterns are just as fascinating as the more exotic expressions of art and nature in understanding Japan’s complex blend of culture.
He conveys the sounds, aromas, tastes and colours of street life in Tokyo. He attempts to understand the conflicts facing young Japanese: still accepting lingering traditions and rituals yet also indulging a passion for more Western type freedom and fashion. He visits traditional Sumo wrestling and classical Kabuki theatre, eyes geisha girls, yet also sees Johnny Rotten punks and experiences sophisticated business clubs and digital-crazyTokyo. His impressions are vivid, poetic and sensual, yet he admits much of Japan still eludes him.”
‘I devoured it in one sitting’ Susan Sontag
A story of love and corruption set in the business world of Hong Kong and London High-powered business strategist Nicholas Powell takes up a position in Hong Kong as an advisor to one of the world’s leading banks during the handover of the territory to China. With his wife back at the spacious family home in the Home Counties, and his children already beginning adult life, Nicholas feels free to acknowledge—and act on—feelings he has kept secret for years. He soon begins a clandestine relationship with Daniel, a Chinese manager at the bank, and in the first flush of romance promises him a new life in the UK.
After Nicholas moves to London with Daniel, first as an advisor to the Board and then as the prospective advisor to the Chancellor, complications set in. Daniel makes it clear he expects them to be open about their partnership. A powerful mentor shows increasing nervousness about Nicholas’ suitability for the top Government post. And Nicholas is haunted by a one-night stand in Hong Kong. When the bank’s merger plans are leaked, and the media launches a witch hunt, Nicholas finds he has become the target of speculation and censure. As his relationships and career begin to unravel, Nicholas frantically tries to identify the forces he is up against and salvage what matters to him most—though the realization of what that is may have come too late.
As his marriage disintegrates in a welter of suspicion and accusation, Peter begins to discover a homosexual identity of which he was previously unaware. He tries to escape his past and recreate his identity by fleeing to America. There he is drawn into the bleak sub-culture of lower Manhattan and at the same time into a devouring relationship with Joe, a black actor. The two of them leave on a daredevil trip, running drugs through the Southwest, a trip which takes on the mysterious contours of pursuit and self-destruction.
Edmund White US novelist writes: "David Clive Price has extracted the heart of New York and delivered it alive and throbbing on the page. This is the underworld that few tourists ever see. David Clive Price has seen it with great clarity."
Phoenix Rising: A Journey Through South Korea
This journey into the heart of South Korea takes the reader from the birth of democracy and the hosting of the Olympic Games in 1988 to the brash, sophisticated, highly creative Korea of today. On the way the writer pauses at Korean temples, mountain hermitages, the border with the North, romantic islands and ancient dynastic capitals to evoke a portrait of a country in constant, dynamic flux and yet reliant on its centuries-old culture and traditions.