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The Redundancy of Courage

The Redundancy of Courage

Adolph Ng, an effete, Canadian-educated hotel owner of Chinese origin, leads a placid existence on Danu, the eastern half of an island to the north of Australia. He and his companions - the fiery and radical Rosa Soares, the quiet but formidable Dr Maria Nolasco da Silva, the clever but dissatisfied Raoul Garcia, and the dignified ex-seminarian Martinho Oliveira - meet in the cafes and bars to trade salacious gossip and forge the policies of FAKOUM, the government of their newly-independent homeland.


About the Author

Timothy Mo

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 CourageSour 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.