Timothy Mo

Elaine Ho (University of Hong Kong)
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Born in 1950 of a Cantonese-Chinese father and Welsh-Yorkshire mother, Timothy Mo spent his first nine years in Hong Kong where he attended first the Convent of the Precious Blood, a local Chinese medium school run by Cantonese nuns, and then Quarry Bay international school where the medium of instruction is English. At the age of ten he left for England and, after completing his secondary education at Mill Hill School, went on to read History at Oxford. On graduation Mo worked for various publications, including

The Times Literary Supplement


The New Statesman

, before starting a more permanent job as a writer for

Boxing News

. His literary career began to take shape with the publication, in 1978, of his first novel,

The Monkey King

, which won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. His…

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Citation: Ho, Elaine. "Timothy Mo". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 March 2002 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=3144, accessed 19 June 2024.]

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