Timothy Mo was born in Hong Kong in 1950. After graduating from St John’s College, Oxford, he worked as a journalist for the New Statesman and Boxing News. His first novel, The Monkey King, won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. His next three novels were all shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction: Sour Sweet, winner of the Hawthornden Prize; An Insular Possession; and The Redundancy of Courage. Sour Sweet was adapted as a film in 1988 with a screenplay by Ian McEwan. His more recent novel, Renegade or Halo2, was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize.