Timothy Mo

Timothy Peter Mo (born 30 December 1950[2]) is a British novelist. Born to a British mother and a Hong Kong father, Mo lived in Hong Kong until the age of 10, when he moved to Britain. Educated at Mill Hill School and St John's College, Oxford, Mo worked as a journalist before becoming a novelist.[3]

Timothy Mo
BornTimothy Peter Mo
(1950-12-30) 30 December 1950
Chinese name

His works have won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, the Hawthornden Prize, and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize (for fiction), and three of his novels were shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction.[4] Mo was also the recipient of the 1992 E. M. Forster Award.[5]

In the early 1990s Mo became increasingly mistrustful of his publishers and increasingly outspoken about the publishing industry in general. Since 1994 when he rejected a £125,000 advance from Random House for his next novel, he has self-published his books under the label "Paddleless Press". His first novel to be self-published was Brownout on Breadfruit Boulevard.[6][7][8]




  1. "一個人一個故事:消失12年 Timothy Mo新作面世". Apple Daily. 19 December 2011. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  2. According to "Timothy Mo" in Contemporary Authors Online, Thomson Gale, (16 June 2004 update), some sources give his year of birth as 1953
  3. Nick Rennison (2005). Contemporary British novelists. Routledge. pp. 101–3. ISBN 978-0-415-21709-5. Retrieved 19 May 2013.
  4. "Timothy Mo British Council Literature". British Council. British Council. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  5. "American Academy of Arts and Letters - Award Winners". American Academy of Arts and Letters. Archived from the original on 6 November 2011. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  6. Tonkin, Boyd (22 October 2011). "Timothy Mo - Postcards from the edge". The Independent. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  7. Foran, Charles (22 June 2012). "The rise and fall, and rise again, of the mysterious Timothy Mo". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  8. Books by ISBN Paddleless Press

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